Serbia set to have lesbian prime minister

Openly gay Ana Brnabic to be Serbia's prime minister


Serbia seems set to have its first female and openly gay prime minister.

Ana Brnabic, a 41-year-old businesswoman who was educated in the USA and at Hull University in the UK, was nominated to the position by Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic.

Given her party’s majority in Parliament it seems probable that she will be voted in as prime minister of Serbia on Friday.

Her nomination has drawn some criticism, however, with claims that President Vucic is using her sexuality as a cover for Serbia’s alleged human rights abuses.

Ms Brnabic said that she was expecting criticisms, but would “respond with truths and facts that I will defend with dignity.”

In an earlier interview she said: “I’m not a spokesperson for the LGBT community. I don’t want to be branded as a gay minister, just as my colleagues don’t want to be primarily defined as being straight. All I want is to do my job as best as I can.”

Ms Brnabic will be the world’s fifth openly gay head of government, after Johanna Sigurdardottir of Iceland, Elio di Rupo of Belgium, Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg, and Ireland’s Leo Varadkar.