Parliament's Constitution Committee Supports Šimpraga As Deputy PM

By 28 April 2022
Parliament's Constitution Committee Supports Šimpraga As Deputy PM
Image:SSDS Vukovar / Youtube Screenshot

ZAGREB, 28 April 2022 - The parliamentary Committee on the Constitution, Standing Orders and Political System on Thursday supported by majority vote Anja Šimpraga for deputy prime minister, amidst criticism from the right and praises from the left, which nonetheless withdrew its support.

Šimpraga, an MP of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), received seven votes for and three against.

It is expected that the parliamentary majority will support her tomorrow as deputy PM for social activities and human rights.

The committee's right-wing members called her out for not respecting the fact of the Serbian military aggression on Croatia or the legitimate 1995 Operation Storm.

Left-wing members praised her personally and her work so far, but would not support her, saying this vote was not about her but the Andrej Plenković cabinet.

Presenting her to the committee, Plenković said he expected her to contribute to human and minority rights and to hate speech prevention in line with the government's concept.

Šimpraga said she would deal with the most vulnerable social issues, such as human and minority rights, gender equality, the rights of the LGBT community, Roma and all other vulnerable groups, as well as with the aftermath of the 2020 earthquakes.

Šimpraga said she would work in the spirit of her predecessor Boris Milošević, "who brought peace", continuing to build inter-ethnic confidence and inclusion.

For more, check out our politics section.