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Serbian DefMin denies forming party army

February 24, 2023

The Serbian Defense Ministry denied media reports that it was forming a party army by recruiting personnel for special forces units.

The ministry statement comes after former Military Security Agency chief Momir Stojanovic said that the Defense Ministry set a precedent when it formed the Human Resources Management Council in an attempt to put the military fully under the control of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).

The Defense Ministry said the Council is an advisory body formed in 2008 but which changed its name several times before taking its current name in 2014 but always with the same powers. “Under the law on the Army of Serbia, professional personnel cannot be members of political organizations nor can they be elected to political posts which means that only professional qualifications, abilities and results and the needs of the service will be taken into account for decisions on promotions, appointments and various orms of schooling and training…. Insinuations that this orderly institutional process has anything to do with political affiliation are senseless and ill-intentioned,” the ministry said.

  • Defense Minister Milos Vucevic is a high-ranking official of President Aleksandar Vucic’s SNS.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/serbian-defmin-denies-forming-party-army/

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