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Politicians refuse to back Serbia’s first lesbian leader because of her sexuality

Politicians refuse to back Serbia’s first lesbian leader because of her sexuality

Serbia’s first gay candidate for Prime Minister might not be elected because of her sexuality.

Ana Brnabic was formally nominated by President Aleksandar Vučić last week. She would be the country’s first female head of government.

By nominating her, Vučić effectively made her Prime Minister of the conservative country but also needs backing from parliament.

Some MPs are refusing to vote for her because of sexuality however, which will prevent her from being confirmed by Parliament.

The parliament is made up of 250 seats. Vučić met with Serbian Progressive Party lawmakers who have promised to back Brnabic in the parliament, meaning she needs at least 26 more votes.

If she does not get the votes needed, a snap election will be called which would put her future in the public’s hands.

Vučić told Associated Press that she has ‘professional skills and personal qualities’ and will ‘work hard’.

Last year, Brnabic became the first gay member of cabinet when Vučić appointed her to be Minister for Public Administration.

Serbia has previously been hesitant on advancing their LGBT rights. They only legalised homosexuality only in 1994, and there is still no recognition of same-sex relationships.