Conservative Serbian premier Vucic wins third consecutive term

Conservative Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and his Progressive Party (SNS) have secured a clear majority in parliament after Sunday's early elections with nearly all ballots counted.

The SNS won 48.2 per cent of the votes, the state election commission said Monday, meaning more than half of the 250 seats in parliament go to the SNS party.

It is the third electoral triumph for Vucic and his party.

Socialist Party (SPS), the junior partner in the outgoing government coalition, came in second with 11 per cent. It was unclear whether the two leaders would renew their coalition.

Both Vucic and Dacic reiterated that Serbia will remain on its path towards EU membership. Vucic called the elections two years ahead of the regular date, saying that he wanted a full 4-year term to deal with EU membership talks and tough reforms.

Five more parties collected at least 5 per cent of the votes required for legislative seats. Among them, two are from the anti-Western, pro-Russian far-right.

The Radical party (SRS) of Vojislav Seselj, who was cleared of charges by the UN war crimes tribunal only last month, won 8 per cent and returned to the legislature after a two-year hiatus.

The even more extreme Dveri movement enters for the first time after winning 5 per cent of the votes.

The once powerful Democratic Party won 6 per cent and its splinter, led by former Serbian president Boris Tadic, 5 per cent.

A newcomer reformist ticket called "Enough," which is calling for radical reforms and a crackdown on corruption, won 6 per cent. The movement is led by Vucic's former minister of economy, Sasa Radulovic. 

The definitive final result will be announced after all the ballots are counted and after the 3-day deadline for complaints expires.

Last update: Mon, 25/04/2016 - 12:35
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