Cvetkovic appointed new Serbian PM 2008-06-28 04:46:45   Print

    BELGRADE, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Outgoing Serbian Finance Minister Mirko Cvetkovic was appointed on Friday the new prime minister for the formation of the new government following the general elections in May, Serbian President Boris Tadic's office said.

    President Tadic made the decision as the parliamentary majority was formed following the consultations with the representatives of all parliamentary parties, Tadic's office said.

    Cvetkovic, 58, is a seasoned economist and has worked for the World Bank in India, Pakistan and Turkey.

    The parliament is expected to vote on Cvetkovic and his government next week.

    The new Serbian government will be constituted by the pro-European alliance led by the Democratic Party of President Tadic, the coalition gathered around the Socialists, the Muslim Sandzak coalition and an ethnic Hungarian party.

    Earlier on Friday, Tadic's pro-European alliance and the coalition led by the Socialists signed an agreement on a ruling majority.

    The two groups -- formerly bitter rivals -- promised the new government will seek to speed up Serbia's integration into the European Union.

    The Tadic-led "For a European Serbia" alliance won the May 11 elections, securing 102 of the 250 parliament seats while the nearest rival ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party (SRS) won 78seats. No party could form a parliament majority to set up a government without the Socialists-led coalition which has 20 seats.

    The outgoing government of nationalist Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, a coalition of his Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) and Tadic's Democrats, fell apart in early March because of a dispute about EU ties after most of the 27-nation bloc recognized the independence of Serbia's ethnic Albanian-majority Kosovo province.

    The pro-European bloc, despite its opposition to Kosovo's independence, favors a speedy integration with the EU as it believes an EU membership would strengthen Serbia in the fight to maintain Kosovo.

    The nationalists, represented by the SRS and DSS, opposed Serbia's further integration with the EU unless the bloc annulled the independence of Kosovo which was unilaterally declared on Feb.17. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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