Motion to dismiss Nikolic cannot be put on agenda

BELGRADE - The motion to launch the procedure to dismiss Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic cannot be put on the agenda of the parliament's session because it has not been put forward by a minimum of one third of MPs, Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic said on Thursday.

Following a motion to dismiss Nikolic, put forward by the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party (SDS), Together for Serbia and the Greens of Serbia, in a response seen by Tanjug, Gojkovic explained that, under the Constitution of Serbia, the procedure to dismiss the president can be launched by the National Assembly at the proposal of a minimum of one third of MPs.

Also, under the parliament's rules of procedure, a proposal to put launching the procedure to dismiss the president of the Republic on the agenda may be tabled to the parliament speaker by a minimum of one third of MPs, with a written explanation as to why they think the president has violated the Constitution.

The said act has not been filed by a minimum of one third of MPs and, as such, it cannot be put on the agenda of the session, the parliament speaker said in the response.

The MPs of the SDS, Together for Serbia and the Greens of Serbia put forward Wednesday a motion to dismiss Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic over a statement by Nikolic that they claim was a violation the Constitution.

The parliamentary group said that the impeachment motion had been placed over Nikolic's statements to Belgrade-based daily Politika in which he commented on Serbia's war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic statements about plans to launch an investigation against Ljubisa Dikovic, chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces.

The parliamentary group of the SDS, Together for...

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