List of outgoing ministers expected "on Wednesday"

SREMSKA MITROVICA -- Ivica Dačić has said that he expects a list of ministers who will be replaced will be defined on Wednesday.

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"I have been informed that the presidency of the Serb Progressive Party held a meeting and decided that the government will continue its work," said Serbian prime minister and leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia.

"Today we will review everything the parties have concluded and define a list of ministers, or departments where changes will be made in the coming period. We will agree all the technical details concerning the reshuffle, which will effectively complete the process," Dačić told reporters in Sremska Mitrovica.

The reshuffle will formally be completed in the second half of August, because we need to follow certain procedures and propose new people for the vacated positions, he said.

"We have set the bar high and this was necessary for Serbia's future. This is not about personal likes and dislikes, it is about the future of the country. I expect this government will achieve significant results which will be of historic importance for the future of Serbia," said Dačić.

"Absurd"

Ivica Dačić stated on Wednesday that he does not understand at all the requests of the opposition for early elections since it is "certain that the majority of votes would be won by the Serb Progressive Party (SNS) and the SPS."

“They are asking for elections, but they pray to God that this will not happen,” Dačić said.

Moreover, Serbia does not have time for elections at the moment given the challenges it is facing, Dačić said, and thanked the SNS for recognizing this fact.

“Many people in the country and abroad have not expected anything from this government, now many of them do. This is a great responsibility for us, there is always time for elections and they should take place when this is in the interest of the state,” Dačić told reporters.

“We have no time for elections since everything that we are doing has short deadlines,” Dačić said.