Parties "intensify" talks; Serbia still without government

High ranking official of the SPS party Slavica Đukić-Dejanović has confirmed that parliamentary majority to elect a government has not yet been secured.

Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug

Đukić-Dejanović, who is one of the vice-presidents of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), spoke late on Friday in Belgrade.

"Everybody's talking to everyone else, and there's still no majority," she described the situation on Serbia's political scene more than a month after the parliamentary elections.

Immediately after the May 6 voting, the SPS-led pre-election coalition that comprises the Pensioners (PUPS) and United Serbia (JS) - and which won 44 seats in parliament - announced it would negotiate to form a new government with the Democrat-led coalition, who have 67 MPs.

They have since been negotiating, and searching for a third partner that would provide them with at least 126 votes in the Serbian parliament, necessary to elect a cabinet.

On Friday, the Serb Progressive Party (SNS), who won 73 seats, announced they had invited the SPS to officially start government talks.

Also on Friday, the Democrats (DS) - who have ruled out any possibility of a coalition with the SNS - held a meeting of the "core" presidency, and announced that their talks with the SNS-PUPS-JS coalition and the Liberal Democrats (LDP) and the United Regions of Serbia (URS), would "intensify".

Meeting with coalition partner

Meanwhile, United Serbia leader Dragan "Palma" Marković has announced that he would hold a meeting with SPS leader Ivica Dačić.

They would "discuss economic program and other issues" on Friday evening, according to Marković.

“We shall talk about everything, about the economic program, as both we and the Democratic Party (DS) are making our economic programs, and after the meeting, we will see what our respective proposals are like,” Marković told Tanjug.

He added that he believed that a future ruling coalition "needs to be a large one".

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