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Political power likely to stay in hands of President Vucic and FM Dacic.16 June 2017
Vucic made the announcement yesterday, saying Brnabic will continue the current policy of reforms. Currently the minister of public administration and local government, she holds strong pro-EU views, Balkan Insight reports.
If the parliament approves the appointment, as it is expected, Brnabic will become Serbia’s first woman and first openly gay prime minister. Strong, often violent opposition from the Orthodox Church and far-right groups has slowed the acceptance of gay people in Serbia. Vucic, a former nationalist, made EU entry his top priority during his three-year term as prime minister, and he remains the country’s most powerful figure, the BBC says.
Vucic said Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, the leader of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party and acting prime minister, "will essentially head the political portion," while Brnabic will be responsible for the economy and issues such as digitization, B92 reports.
Serbian LGBT organizations welcomed Brnabic’s appointment. The Gay Echo group earlier this year named her "Gay icon for 2016,” Balkan Insight says.
Born in 1975, Brnabic received a master’s degree in marketing from Hull University in the UK and has more than 10 years’ experience working with international organizations, civil society groups, and local government in Serbia.
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