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Serb Defense Minister, Fired for Sexism, Pledges Loyalty

Serbian Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic leaves after a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.

Serbia's defense minister, who has been fired over a sexist comment to a female journalist, said he feels disgraced but remains loyal to the prime minister and his ruling party.

Bratislav Gasic said Tuesday that harassment of women is widespread in Serbia and said he will make it his mission to fight the problem in the future.

Gasic sparked outrage after a journalist from B92 Television knelt down in front of him to avoid being in the way of cameras as he spoke to a group of reporters during a visit to a factory on Sunday. He commented: “I like these female journalists who kneel down so easily.”

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic announced Monday he was firing Gasic, who had been one of the closest associates.