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Serbian Defense Minister Sacked Over Sexist Remark

Serbian Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic
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