BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian President-elect Tomislav Nikolic, last in power when NATO bombed Serbia in 1999, faced the challenge on Monday of proving he has swung behind the country’s pro-Western course, after a shock victory that rattled the region.
The election of Nikolic, a former ultranationalist ally of late strongman Slobodan Milosevic who says he now supports Serbia’s goal of joining the European Union, plunged the country into political uncertainty.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – The election of rightist Tomislav Nikolic as president has plunged Serbia into a period of deep political uncertainty and unnerved a region that associates him with the bloody collapse of Yugoslavia.
Nikolic beat liberal Boris Tadic in a close-run vote in which less than half the electorate turned out, breaking an almost 12-year hold on power by the reformists who ousted Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic in 2000.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Opposition leader Tomislav Nikolic, a former ultranationalist last in power when Serbia was bombed by NATO in 1999, declared victory in a presidential run-off on Sunday and pledged to keep the Balkan country moving towards the European Union.
Based on an unofficial projection, Nikolic narrowly beat liberal incumbent Boris Tadic, who quickly conceded defeat after eight years as president.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Pro-Western incumbent Boris Tadic and rightist Tomislav Nikolic went head to head on Sunday in a tense run-off election for Serbian president and the right to lead the struggling nation into talks on joining the European Union.
Despite economic stagnation and rising unemployment, Tadic is tipped to defeat Nikolic for the third time since 2004 as Serbia slowly sheds the legacy of a decade of war and isolation under late strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian opposition leader Tomislav Nikolic threatened on Friday to challenge the result of a presidential run-off on May 20, with reformist incumbent Boris Tadic ahead in a new opinion poll.
Accusations of fraud, lodged by the rightist opposition following presidential and parliamentary elections on May 6, threaten to mar the second-round presidential vote.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s main opposition party accused the dominant pro-Western Democratic Party on Thursday of stealing 500,000 votes in weekend elections and threatened to call supporters into the streets after an upcoming presidential run-off.
The opposition rightist Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) narrowly won a parliamentary election on Sunday but faces being locked out of government by a renewed coalition of the Democratic Party and its allies.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s reformist Democratic Party and the resurgent Socialists of late strongman Slobodan Milosevic agreed on Wednesday to renew a governing coalition that would keep the country edging towards the European Union.
The alliance locks out the opposition Serbian Progressive Party, which narrowly won a parliamentary election on Sunday, but it will need the support of another junior partner to secure a majority in the 250-seat parliament.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – The Socialist Party of late strongman Slobodan Milosevic held the key to power in Serbia on Monday, after an inconclusive election in which voters punished the ruling Democratic Party for their economic woes.
The Democrats, part of a reformist bloc that ousted Milosevic in 2000 and turned Serbia westwards, saw their support crumble to 23 percent from 38 percent in 2008, hurt by a downturn that has left a quarter of the workforce jobless.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s ruling liberals and right-wing opposition were tied for control of the Balkan country on Sunday after knife-edge elections in which the party of late Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic emerged as kingmaker.
The opposition Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), led by former ultranationalist allies of Milosevic, claimed the narrowest of victories in the parliamentary election over the ruling Democratic Party, playing to voter anger over economic stagnation.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – The Socialist Party of late strongman Slobodan Milosevic held the key to power in Serbia on Monday after tied elections in which voters angry about the country’s economic woes roundly punished the ruling Democratic Party.
The Democrats, part of a reformist bloc that turned Serbia westwards with Milosevic’s ouster in 2000, saw their support crumble to 23 percent from 38 percent in 2008, hurt by an economic downturn that has left a quarter of the Serbian workforce jobless.