Serbia – Defeated president likely to be new PM

Just over a week ago Tomislav Nikolić of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won the presidential election, defeating the incumbent president, Boris Tadić of the Democratic Party (DS). Now, it appears as if Tadić is likely to become the new PM.

Initially, Tadić said that he was not interested in being PM. However, according to B92, Tadić has changed his mind and the the DS now intends to propose Tadić as PM when parliament convenes. The DS will not ally with the SNS. So, the government will be formed by whether the DS or the SNS wins the support of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS).

Since the presidential election, there have been reports of meetings between the SNS and the SPS. However, there have been more persistent reports of the DS-SPS coalition being renewed. Balkan Insight reports the leader of the SPS, Ivica Dačić, as saying that he wants Tadić to be PM. If so, there would be a period of cohabitation.

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