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Serbian Ruling Coalition Adds to Its Majority With Fourth Party

July 19, 2012

Serbia’s former Labor Minister Rasim Ljajic, who helped coordinate and arrest dozens of men indicted for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, and his party will join the ruling coalition, boosting its majority in parliament.

Ljajic accepted an offer to join the Cabinet as deputy prime minister in charge of foreign and internal trade, telecommunications and information society, his Social Democratic Party of Serbia said today on its website. The government will be sworn in next week.

Prime Minister-Designate Ivica Dacic’s four-party coalition will control 140 of Parliament’s 250 seats with the addition of Ljajic’s party. Dacic’s Socialists, President Tomislav Nikolic’s Progressive Party and the United Regions of Serbia of Finance Minister-Designate are the other governing partners.

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