By Talha Ozturk
BELGRADE, Serbia (AA) - Serbia's Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabic on Saturday announced her new Cabinet.
President Aleksandar Vucic had tasked Brnabic to form a new government after his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won 60% of the vote in June 21 general and local elections amid an opposition boycott.
Earlier this week, Vucic announced that both the SNS and Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) would be part of the ruling coalition.
"The government will have new energy, [we are] more than ready to face all the challenges in 2021,” Brnabic said.
After the session of the Presidency of the SNS in Belgrade, Brnabic announced the names of his Cabinet members and their portfolios.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Nikola Selakovic
Ministry of Internal Affairs - Aleksandar Vulin
Ministry of Trade, Tourism, and Telecommunications - Tatjana Matic
Ministry of Transport, Construction, and Industry - Tomislav Momirovic
Ministry of Finance - Sinisa Mali
Ministry of Economy - Andjelka Atanaskovic
Ministry of Mining and Energy - Zorana Mihajlovic
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management - Branislav Nedimovic
Ministry of Environmental Protection - Irena Vujovic
Ministry of Justice - Maja Popovic
Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government - Marija Obradovic
Ministry of Defense - Nebojsa Stefanovic
Ministry of European Integration - Jadranka Joksimovic
Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development - SPS decision pending
Ministry of Health - Zlatibor Loncar
Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs - Darija Kisic Tepavcevic
Ministry of Youth and Sports - Vanja Udovicic
Ministry of Culture and Information - Maja Gojkovic
Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue - Gordana Comic
Ministry of Family Care - Ratko Dmitrovic
Ministry of Village Care - Milan Krkobabic
The names of the vice presidents are still being discussed.
Also, names are being discussed to appoint two ministers without portfolios -- one each from SPS and SNS.
Since Nikola Selakovic is heading the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the new Secretary-General of the Office of the President of the Republic will be Suzana Paunovic.
The new government will have 21 departments, while 11 of the Cabinet members are women.
Brnabic, who has served as prime minister since 2017, is Serbia's first female premier.