Ana Brnabic, minister of State Administration and Local Self-Government in the current cabinet, will be given mandate to put together Serbia’s new government.
President Aleksandar Vucic announced this during a news conference in Belgradem, held on Thursday afternoon.
He added that the SPS leader, currently Acting PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, “will essentially lead the political part,” and that there will be “changes among the ministers, and one or two additional ministries.”
Asked what Brnabic said to him when he told her about the decision, Vucic replied, “I have no idea, ‘thank you’, I guess.”
The president also revealed that she “brought him a gift from her trip.”
Vucic said that Brnabic informed him she can secure a majority in the National Assembly to vote in her government.
According to him, Brnabic is “hard working, and has professional and personal qualities.” Vucic is convinced she will “show respect toward those parties she expects to support her, and work on Serbia’s betterment.”
Brnabic will be the first woman to head the Serbian government, and the country’s first openly gay (lesbian) prime minister. AFP noted in its report that she will also be the first openly gay head of government in the Balkans.