2007-05-11

A government, after all

So the deal is: Grobar is out as parliament speaker, Koštunjavi gets to keep the police, and DS gets the military. So it looks as though the DSS coalition with SRS scared the others enough to make them back down.

The government will be weak and ineffective, and DSS will not stop flirting with the far right.

4 comments:

Bg anon said...

I'm more optimistic. Remember, DSS activities soured relations with G17. Think that DS will very much have the upper hand in government against DSS now.

DSS may try to continue their flirtation with the radicals but having led the radicals 'down the garden path' once already perhaps the radicals will refuse them.

Say what you like about the radicals but they appear to have more principles than DSS.

Eric Gordy said...

One of the big mysteries for me was what motivated SRS to go along with the parliament performance at all -- presumably Nikolic is smart enough to know that he was being used as a strasilo za kratku upotrebu?

But here is a possibility: let's say you are right about DSS having weakened its position in the new government (and also lost a good portion of its popular support, and along the way used up all the leverage it over had over SRS). Maybe none of this bothers Kostunica, as long as he is able to prevent any changes at MUP and BIA?

cãorafeiro said...

I don't see how can we be optimistic about this...

Seesaw said...

caorafeiro is right - after everything that happened - and I watched for several hours the discussion in the Assembly before T.N. was elested as Speaker -I do not think anyone could/should be optimistic abot what happened today...