Serbian PM: Decision on government reshuffle by the end of week
27. February 2011. | 09:42
Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic stated Thursday that Serbia needs a government which would deserve respect and make results, and announced that by the end of the week a decision will be made whether the reshuffle will be realized through personnel changes or by a cut in the number of ministries.
Cvetkovic stated for the Belgrade-based Ekonom:east Magazine that the decision to dismiss former minister of economy Mladjan Dinkic was the right one, and that on the contrary “there would be no government.”
When asked about Dinkic's claims that all decisions are made by Serbian President Boris Tadic, including the decision on his dismissal, Cvetkovic said that this is an attempt of discrediting.
The prime minister said that the government reshuffle is the preferable solution, but that it is uncertain whether it will be accepted by the coalitional partners, and whether it may be realized in a short term.
According to him, the reduction in the number of ministries would be more efficient, although the merging could include the departments which are headed by different coalitional partners and thus result in changes of coalitional agreement, the Law on the Government and the budget.
Cvetkovic also said that he has made serious efforts in location and arrest of the two remaining International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) fugitives Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic, adding that he wants to establish full cooperation with the ICTY.