Aleksandar Vucic tasked with forming new government
BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic Tuesday assigned the task of forming the country's new government to Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) leader Aleksandar Vucic.
President Nikolic with Aleksandar Vucic
“I sincerely congratulate Vucic on the result he has achieved and I decided to inform the parliament that I have entrusted Vucic with the mandate, but honestly speaking, I would not be in his shoes, as Serbia is facing serious challenges,” Nikolic told a press conference after meeting with the SNS leader.
“Joy and happiness ended on the day the votes were counted - today marks the beginning of huge responsibility and work under constant public scrutiny, and many will look and wait for government's mistakes,” Nikolic said.
“We agreed to share the responsibility and the government and the president will work very closely. We will work like a team, particularly concerning the moves that will not be popular,” the Serbian president said.
The early parliamentary elections were held on March 16, and the SNS won 158 seats in the 250-seat Serbian parliament.
President willing to share responsibility in challenges
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic gave Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) leader Aleksandar Vucic the mandate to form the next government on Tuesday and said that he will share the responsibility in dealing with the challenges facing the country with the government.
After meeting with the SNS leader and voicing the decision to entrust him with the mandate, Nikolic congratulated Vucic, observing, however, that he “would not be in his shoes.”
“Serbia is facing tremendous challenges. Joy and happiness ended on the day the votes were counted – today marks the beginning of a huge responsibility and work under constant public scrutiny, and many will look and wait for government’s mistakes,” Nikolic said.
The Serbian president said that he and the prime minister designate agreed to jointly bear the risks and responsibility, as the government will have to make unpopular but necessary decisions.
“Aleksandar Vucic took on the responsibility to say in advance that tough decisions will have to be made and that the goal is for Serbia to finally start to live from their work,” the president said.
“It is now time to sober up, face the truth and the harsh reality and I think that the SNS is completely ready for that, and I am ready to help, within my constitutional powers, in dealing with what lies ahead for the government,” Nikolic said.
“Serbia’s future depends on the success of this government and it is Aleksandar Vucic’s duty and obligation and right to select the people he has the greatest confidence in to be ministers and I am hapy to know that my opinion is not much different from that which he will propose,” said Nikolic.