Serbia's Parliament voted in favour of the new government with 21 ministries on Wednesday as suggested by Ana Brnabic, former and new Prime Minister, with 227 MP's for and five against, with no abstainees.
The debate lasted from 10 am to 8 pm, despite the overwhelming majority the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) had after the June 21 election - 188 out of 250 and the support of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SNS) coalition and the patriotic movement 'Spas,' the only two other political organisations that won seats in the Parliament.
The first congratulation came from Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement.
#Serbia: Congratulations! I look fwd to working with@SerbianPM, government & parliament on#EUrelated reforms + implementation of Economic&Investment Plan for#WesternBalkansto the benefit of all. Welcome strong commitment from government to speed up reforms & their delivery.— Oliver Varhelyi (@OliverVarhelyi)October 28, 2020
One of only six opposition deputies from minority parties, Shaip Kamberi, an Albanian from the Presevo Valley, said that "this government, like the previous one, will do nothing to integrate the Albanians who live in the south of the country."
The main opposition parties in the country boycotted the June vote, saying there were no fair and just conditions.
In his 20 minute-long speech, Kamberi recalled who the current head of state and the SNS leader Aleksandar Vucic was in the 1990s and who was he now.
"There are no more photos from the mountains around bombed Sarajevo. There are no more speeches of a hundred Muslims for one Serb. From the Minister of Information and the head of propaganda of the (Serbia's late strongman Slobodan) Milosevic's regime, we go to the offices in Washington and Brussels. And sign agreements with the leaders of the former (Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Serbia today is primarily mostly bad the Serbs," Kamberi said.
His words drew criticism from Brnabic and some MPs.
Earlier, Brnabic set six priorities of her new government which is to last until spring 2022, when Vucic announced early general vote together with presidential and Belgrade elections.
Also earlier in the day, Dragan Djilas, the leader of the opposition Party of Freedom and Justice (SSP) which also boycotted the last elections, said that "Serbia got a false government 130 days after false elections in which the regime fought with itself."
He added: "We got the government of continuity, during whose previous mandate, as Brnabic herself has said, 'the mafia' penetrated state institutions, the country hasn't opened a single chapter in the negotiations with European Union, almost doubled the foreign trade deficit, made jokes about coronavirus epidemic and then kept us locked for 80 hours."