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Serb Parliament Elects Speaker, Paves Way for Cabinet Vote

July 23, 2012

Serbian lawmakers elected Nebojsa Stefanovic as parliamentary speaker today, paving the way for a new Cabinet to be sworn in almost three months after general elections.

The 36-year-old Stefanovic, a member of President Tomislav Nikolic’s Progressive Party, was backed by 142 lawmakers in the 250-seat legislature. The Progressives and the Socialists of Prime Minister-Designate Ivica Dacic, have partnered with the United Regions of Finance Minister-Designate Mladjan Dinkic and the Social Democratic Party of former Labor Minister Rasim Ljajic. The coalition has 140 seats.

The new government, due to be sworn in by July 27, brings the Socialists back into power for the first time since the ousting of the party’s founder, Slobodan Milosevic, who is blamed for fomenting the 1990s Balkan civil wars that destroyed the economy.

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