27 July 2013, 01:29

Serbia's ruling coalition to reshuffle Cabinet

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Serbia's ruling coalition on Friday stepped toward a reconstruction of the cabinet, seeking to better respond to the country's economic crisis and avert snap elections only a year after taking office.

After weeks of haggling, the two largest allies - Deputy Premier Aleksandar Vucic's Progressive Party (SNS) and Prime Minister Ivica Dacic's Socialist Party - proposed to replace five of the 19 ministers in the government.

The smallest of the three major parties in the ruling coalition, Finance and Economy Minister Mladjan Dinkic's United Regions of Serbia - was yet to respond to pressure from the senior partners and agree to the reconstruction.
Even if Dinkic's party quits the coalition, early elections may be averted.

The aim of the reconstruction is to create a team capable of tackling the crippling economic crisis more efficiently, Vucic and Dacic said.

Snap elections would in any case suit the already strongest party, the SNS, which leads in approval surveys on the back of Vucic, perceived as a fighter against widespread corruption.

Voice of Russia, DPA

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