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Ex-Milosevic ally wins Serb poll

Ex-Milosevic ally wins Serb poll

Tadic, left, and Nikolic will face each other in a run-off on February 3 [AFP]

An ultranationalist and former ally of Slobodan Milosevic has won the first round of Serbia's presidential election.

But Tomislav Nikolic failed to get an outright majority on Sunday, forcing a run-off against the pro-Western incumbent, Boris Tadic, according to official results.

Nikolic, the leader of the Radical party, received about 39.6 per cent of the first-round vote, while Tadic got 35.5 per cent, according to the state election commission.

Belgrade's Centre for Free Elections and Democracy, which independently counted votes alongside election officials, had similar numbers.

Zoran Lucic, an official of the independent monitoring group, said "we can conclude that there will be a run-off" and added that it would be "extremely tight".

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Analysts said the record 61 per cent turnout reflected a widespread fear among liberal Serbs that a Nikolic win would stall reform and complicate Serbia's path to the European Union.

To win the February 3 run-off, the two candidates will have to attract third party votes with promises of higher living standards, jobs and the defence of Kosovo, which is heading for independence, within months.

Indications by Washington and most EU member states that they will recognise Kosovo - Serbia's historic heartland – as independent within months have irked Serbs who feel the country has paid enough for its role in the wars of the 1990s.

And Nikolic has played on that growing frustration and taken a hard line against Kosovo independence.

Nikolic's Radical party supported the policies of Slobodan Milosevic, the Yugoslav president who died while being tried at The Hague for war crimes, during the 1990s.

But he rejects accusations of isolationism and war-mongering and has toned down his rhetoric to appeal to moderates as well as the one third of Serbs who live just above the poverty line.

Tadic also opposes independence for Kosovo but favours signing a first-level agreement with the EU even if the bloc takes over Kosovo's supervision as a prelude to recognising the territory.

He advocates integration into the European Union while Nikolic believes that Serbia should remain close to Russia, which has backed it over Kosovo, and says "we need the EU, but not at any price".

Tadic also lost the first round to Nikolic in 2004 but beat him in the run-off.

He has warned that a Nikolic victory would drive the country back to the Milosevic days.


In the Kosovo capital, Pristina, on Sunday, five people were injured in an explosion in close to an area popular among Western diplomats in the Dragodan district.

Agron Borovci, a police spokesman, said they were investigating the blast, as well as a shooting that was reported in the same area.

He, however, brushed off fears that the explosion could be politically-motivated.

Source: Agencies
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A great time for the USA to exit Europe.
Yes, your bombing raids of European Christian soldiers who were holding back a tide of murdering shitbags, was so very much apprenticed last time. 'The day that America stays at home would be a great day for the world', would be a better line to drop ah Bot
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