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Serbia's first gay PM- designate honored by nomination

AP  |  Vrnjacka Banja (Serbia) 

Serbia's Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabic says it is an honor to serve the country and thanked the president for trusting her.

Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic nominated Brnabic as the conservative country's first openly gay prime minister, a move which infuriated nationalists.

Brnabic said today: "I'm proud and still too emotional from all of this."

Her needs formal approval by Serbia's next week for her to become the first female head of in Serbia.

Brnabic's nomination is considered part of Vucic's tactics to please the West amid strong pressure from Moscow to maintain influence in the region and keep Serbia away from Western integration.

Pro-Russian opposition official Bosko Obradovic says US- educated Brnabic is "a foreign agent" who was nominated to the position by the West.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 21:13 IST