Second round runoff for president


A second round runoff will take place on 20th May for the Serbian presidential election after an inconclusive result yesterday.

In the presidential race incumbent president Boris Tadić of the Democratic Party (DS) took 26.7% of the vote and will face Tomislav Nikolić of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) who took 25.5% of the vote.

In the parliamentary elections the Serbian Progressive Party appears to have come out on top with around 80% of the votes counted. They have taken 24.1% which, according to B92 a TV and radio station, will equate to 73 seats in the 250 seat National Assembly of the Republic.

The Democratic Party took 22.4% of the vote which will give them about 68 seats (down from 102 seats in 2008) and the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) are on 14.4% with 44 seats (up from 20 seats in 2008).

The likely result, depending upon the presidential runoff is that the DS and SPS will form a coalition government once more with a number of the smaller parties.

The Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) took 6.9% of the vote and around 21 seats (down from 30 seats in 2008) and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took 6.6% and around 20 seats (up from 13 seats in 2008). A likely partner for the DS will be the United Regions of Serbia (URS) who took around 16 seats.

Turnout in the election was 61%. Notably the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) from which the Serbian Progressive Party split after the 2008 election will have no representation in parliament; in 2008 they came second with 78 seats.

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