Serbia’s government will have three new ministries, total of 21

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Source: N1

Serbia’s new government will have three new ministries – of human rights and social dialogue, family warfare and demography and the village, according to the changes in the law on ministries which the Parliament would discuss over the weekend.

The new ministries are proposed by 167 out of 250 deputies.

Serbia’s current government includes Foreign, Interior ministers, Trade, Tourism and Telecommunication, Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of Finance, Economy, Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Environmental Protection, Mining and Energy, Justice, Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Defence, European Integration, Education, Science and Technological Development, Health Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Youth and Sports and Culture and Media.

The names of new ministers will be made public on Sunday, after the meeting of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) Presidency.

So far, it’s known that former Foreign Minister, the leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) Ivica Dacic became the Parliament Speaker and that the current Finance Minister Sinisa Mali would hold the post in the new cabinet.

The media speculate that the new, family warfare and demography ministry will be headed by Ratko Dmitrovic, a member of the patriotic bloc ‘Spas’ (Salvation), the third political organisation that crossed the reduced three percent threshold in June 21 elections boycotted by the main opposition parties.

Dmitrovic, a former journalist and editor of the state newspapers and national RTS TV, was accused by independent journalists organisations across the region of ‘war-inciting journalism’ during the bloody conflicts in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. He rebuffed the accusation, saying those who charged him worked against the Serb interests.