Serbia: Media says new government after September 7

For two meetings on Kosovo in Washington and Brussels

20 August, 12:32

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, AUGUST 20 - The formation of a new government in Serbia, which President Aleksandar Vucic announced on August 25, will likely be postponed until after September 7, following two important meetings on Kosovo scheduled for September 2 in Washington, DC, and September 7 in Brussels, said Belgrade daily Blic. "Two very important meetings await us in Washington and the EU headquarters, and after these the new government will be formed," a member of the conservative Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) told the newspaper. SNS is the majority party led by Vucic, which overwhelmingly won elections on June 21 with more than 60% of the vote. Ahead of forming the new government, Blic said Vucic has planned a new round of consultations with political groups. In the June election, only two other parties besides SNS surpassed the 3% threshold needed to gain seats in parliament: the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) led by Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic (just over 10%); and the SPAS movement of former professional water polo player Aleksandar Sapic (just over 3%). There will also be four minority groups represented in parliament, for whom there is a lower threshold. The majority of opposition parties boycotted the election to protest against President Vucic's policies, which they claim are authoritarian and arbitrary. SNS holds 188 seats out of a total of 250.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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