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Serbian Defense Minister Sacked Over Sexist Remark

Serbian Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has fired the country’s defense minister after he made a sexist remark to a female journalist.

Vucic said on December 7 that Bratislav Gasic “cannot stay," adding that "an apology is not enough" for the insult of the reporter.

He also said he will not tolerate "sexist insults" against women.

At a press event in the central Serbian town of Trstenik on December 7, Gasic saw a female television reporter crouching to keep the view clear for cameras waiting for him.

"I love it when female reporters kneel so easily," he said.

Gasic later apologized, saying in a tweet he "sincerely regretted" his "shameful and scandalous behavior."

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and dpa