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Democrats, Socialists, Liberals to Form Serbian Govt

Former Serbian coalition partners, the Democrats and the Socialists, will continue to work together in a new government along with the Liberal Democratic Party.

Bojana Barlovac
BIRN
Belgrade

Members of the Socialists and Democrats have been holding unofficial talks with Liberals on the composition of the new government.

As Balkan Insight has learned, the government is supposed to have 15 ministries - the Democrats will have 7, the Socialists will hold 5 and the Liberals will have 3 ministers.

The Democrats, who won 67 seats in the parliament in the May 6 elections, have already agreed a coalition with the Socialists, who have 44 seats, for a new parliament majority.

Boris Tadic, leader of the Democrats, said he was ready to take the prime minister's post after losing to Tomislav Nikolic of the Progressives in the presidential runoff on May 20.

While the Democrats and the Liberals have close ties, the Socialists clashed with the Liberals in the past, given the background of the Socialists, once led by strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

When asked whether the Liberal Democratic Party, LDP, was an acceptable partner for the Socialists, Ivica Dacic, said his party has already been in a coalition with parties they did not fully agree with.

“We do not agree with some positions and this is a well-known fact but it is important to determine a state policy that will be a policy of the entire government,” Dacic explained.

The Democrats, the Socialists and the Liberals have already been in coalition before, in the local government of the city of Belgrade.

Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic said he will start negotiations with the parliamentary parties on Monday.

“I will start talks with the parliamentary parties and this is my constitutional and legal obligation. I will first invite the Progressives' delegation for a discussion and give them some time to try to form the government, then I will call the Democrats' representatives,” Nikolic said on Sunday.

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