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Conservative Serbia to get first openly gay prime minister

AP  |  Belgrade (Serbia) 

Serbia's president has formally nominated the highly conservative country's first openly gay prime minister.

Aleksandar Vucic announced today that Ana Brnabic is nominated as the prime minister-designate. Her needs formal approval by Serbia's next week.

Vucic calls it "a difficult decision reached in the interest of Serbia and its citizens." Brnabic is currently minister of public administration and local

Brnabic's appointment for the government last year was hailed by rights groups as historic for the Balkan country whose gay community often faces discrimination, harassment and violence.

Vucic, a former extremist-turned-reformist, has promised to boost gay rights as part of efforts to move closer to European Union membership.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 23:22 IST