BELGRADE — The Serbian National Assembly voted at an extraordinary session on Friday for the dismissal of Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic for his offensive remarks.

Bratislav Gasic - Photo:
Bratislav Gasic – Photo:

A total of 195 lawmakers out of 250 supported the minister’s dismissal after a seven-hour discussion.

In early December, Gasic told a reporter from B92 TV that he loves female journalists who “kneel easily.”

In late January, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic sent a letter to the parliament with a request to dismiss Gasic. Vucic thanked the minister for good results in increasing the country’s combat readiness, but added that his public remarks were unacceptable.

After the dismissal, the prime minister has 15 days to propose a new candidate for the post of defense minister.