Brnabic claims to be one of two candidates for Serbian PM: SNS officials deny

NEWS 04.08.2020 10:34
Source: Tanjug/Vlada Republike Srbije/Slobodan Miljević

Outgoing Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Tuesday that President Aleksandar Vucic is seriously considering a coalition between his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and Aleksandar Sapic’s Serbian Patriotic Alliance (SPAS), adding that she is one of two possible candidates for head of government.

She refused to name the other candidate, saying that it was someone from the SNS who she would back.  

Brnabic told the pro-government TV Pink morning show that Vucic is very disappointed in some people close to him and was upset by the support that SNS coalition partner the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) lent to the opposition protests in Belgrade.

She said that Vucic feels that Sapic, former municipal Mayor of New Belgrade, still has a lot to learn but that he appreciates his will to fight. “Aleksandar Sapic has shown that he can and wants to fight at a moment when our coalition partners, primarily the SPS, and some in the SNS did not,” she said.

Brnabic added she told Vucic she wanted to see the SNS form a government with national minorities alone. “I really think that would be the best possible option for Serbia,” she said.

Later on Tuesday, a Deputy PM Zorana Mhajlovic said: „As far as I can remember, we haven’t discussed a candidate for a new prime minister at our party’s session.“ 

She also denied any talks about a potential coalition government with the Patriotic Spas Movement.

Another Deputy Prime Minister and the northern Novi Sad city Mayor Milos Vucevic also said that the party did not discuss personal solutions for a new government.