Serbian President-elect Aleksandar Vucic to be sworn in on May 31

President-elect Aleksandar Vucic, currently country’s PM, will be sworn in on May 31 and First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic (SPS) will take over as acting PM until a new PM is elected, local media reported. Vucic said that he has not yet decided who will be the new prime minister. He noted that the issue will be discussed first within his senior ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and then with the coalition partners. Still, Vucic said that he has in mind three candidates to succeed him at the post – someone from the SNS, the leader of the Socialists Dacic and a non-partisan candidate. He noted that he will reveal more details on Jun 11-12.

In an interview with Pink TV last night Vucic said that EU membership remains Serbia’s priority but the country has no aspirations to join NATO. The president-elect also said that Serbia will not recognize Kosovo’s independence but the Kosovo issue should be discussed. Vucic also pledged that public sector wages will be hiked by 9-11% by the end of the year, while the average wage will reach EUR440, up from about EUR400 currently. He added that by the end of the year the minimum wage could also be hiked to RSD140 per working hour from the current RSD130 but noted that the decision will be up to the government.

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