Dacic: New parliament by end July


Outgoing Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic said on Monday that he expects the new parliament to be constituted by the end of July.

“I think a government will be impossible to form by the end of July since we need at least another week to end the election process. Realistically we could constitute parliament by the end of July,” he said.

Dacic, leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), said that the new government will be formed “relatively quickly after parliament convenes”.

He said that the decision on forming the ruling coalition is up to the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) as the largest parliamentary party, adding that the SPS is prepared for other solutions as well.

The process to elect a new parliament was completed on Sunday with the fifth repeat vote in the village of Veliki Trnovac. The SPS decided not to file complaints over irregularities again, conceding one seat in parliament to an Albanian minority party. The SPS will now have 31 instead of 32 seats in parliament.