Serbia Holds Snap Parliamentary Elections, Belgrade Local Elections

World | March 16, 2014, Sunday // 11:07| Views: 6187 | Comments: 1
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Serbia is holding early parliamentary elections on Sunday and local elections in Belgrade and a number of other towns.

Around 6.7 million Serbian nationals are eligible to vote for a new 250-seat parliament and they will be able to cast ballots by 20:00 CET on Sunday, according to reports of the BBC News.

The first official results are expected Sunday before midnight.

The early parliamentary elections were initiated by Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister and head of the governing center-right Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) Alexandar Vucic.

In January, Vucic insisted that his party needed a stronger mandate to implement reforms and bring Serbia closer to EU membership. Polls show that the SNS-lead coalition has a clear lead.

SNS, head of a coalition of several smaller political parties, is expected to win a 45% vote share, according to a survey of the Center for Free Elections and Democracy CeSID.

The Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) of Ivica Dacic, the country's second largest political party, is expected to be backed by 13% of the voters, followed by the opposition Democratic Party of former Belgrade mayor Dragan Djilas with 10% and New Democratic Party of Boris Tadic with 8%.

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Behemoth - 16 Mar 2014 // 18:55:07

It will be interesting to see how the U-turn of Russia regarding the de-facto recognition of Kosovo will influence the outcome of this election. In the long run this will strengthen the pro-western political parties in Serbia considerably.