Serbia's new government will run less than two years, Vucic says

The new Serbian government will be in power for less than two years, half of its regular term, Aleksandar Vucic, the country's president and the head of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), which won a landslide victory in June, said on Tuesday.

The next parliamentary vote will be held by April 2022 at the latest, along with presidential elections, Vucic said, speaking after meeting the party's leadership in Belgrade.

The new government, which will be led by Ana Brnabic, will be made up of the SNS, the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), the small Serbian Patriotic Alliance (SPAS), and representatives of national minorities. Half of the posts will be held by women. The Socialist Party of Serbia Ivica Dacic will get the position of speaker of the parliament.

Major opposition parties boycotted the June election to protest against what they say is Vucic's increasingly autocratic rule over the country, which is seeking EU membership.

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