Coalition partners in Serbia ready to discuss government reshuffle.

By bne IntelliNews March 6, 2013
Serb PM Ivica Dacic said on Tuesday, March 5, he is satisfied with the work of the government but is ready to start talks on cabinet changes, news agency Tanjug reported. The statement of Dacic, leader of junior coalition partner SPS, comes as a response to the announcement of deputy PM and head of Serbia's strongest party SNS, Aleksandar Vucic, that Serbia is facing cabinet changes or early elections made a day earlier. Vucic said right-wing SNS will revise the work of all its ministers by March 15 and very likely make some changes, daily Novosti reported. He added that he will after that offer Dacic to consider reshuffling the government. Dacic on his turn said he expects all parties in the coalition to analyse the work of their ministers and if needed made some changes. Vucic's statement on the possibility of cabinet changes comes after months of speculations that SNS might call early elections in 2013 - only a year after it won the last vote in May 2012, in order to capitalise on the rising popularity of its leader. Vucic, who is also responsible in the government for defence, security and fight against corruption, has launched a series of investigations into suspicious privatisations, police questioning and bringing into custody some of Serbia's richest men, including Delta Holding owner Miroslav Miskovic. The decision on the early election allegedly depends on whether the EU will give Serbia in June a date for starting accession negotiations, which should be clear already in March when the EU leaders will meet again to discuss the issue.

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