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Vucic: There will be no transitional gov't as long as I am president

BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday evening there would be no transitional government as long as he was president as that would mean the country was being run by a tycoon and centres of power abroad.

In a public address, Vucic said that, as president, he would wait for all those he had invited to dialogue to come to discussions.

President meets FM Kaskarelis to discuss Turkey trip

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou met with caretaker Foreign Minister Vasilis Kaskarelis on Wednesday, with the minister briefing the president on his recent trip to Ankara on the occasion of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's swearing-in ceremony.

Kaskarelis had also discussed migratory flows in a phone call with newly sworn Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan on Tuesday.

Turkish Protesters Urge Release of Jailed Opposition MP

The Workers' Party of Turkey, TIP, holds a protest in Istanbul. Photo: Workers' Party of Turkey

"We demand respect for the will of the people of Hatay," the TIP said in a statement.

"What is happening is against the constitution in every way. End this illegality and enforce the laws from which you derive your authority," it added.

Bulgaria: Deputy PM Mariya Gabriel accepted the post of Foreign Minister from Ivan Kondov

At a ceremony this morning, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mariya Gabriel accepted the position in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Acting Foreign Minister Ivan Kondov.

"All together we must defend the place and role of our country in the EU and in the world. Let's turn challenges into opportunities," said Gabriel during the ceremony.