Serbian President Resigns, to Seek Reelection

World | April 4, 2012, Wednesday // 12:18
Bulgaria: Serbian President Resigns, to Seek Reelection A file photo dated 09 December 2011 showing Serbia`s President Boris Tadic speaking at a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia. EPA/BGNES

Serbian President Boris Tadic resigned on Wednesday, a move that will allow him to run for re-election on May 6.

The resignation will be formerly submitted to the country's parliamentary speaker on Thursday.

Parliamentary and local elections are already scheduled to take place on May 6 and the parliamentary speaker is expected to call presidential elections on the same date.

Tadic's move is seen as a tactic to help his Democratic Party's campaign, BBC has observed.

Tadic, who is pro-Western, will be challenged by nationalist Russia-backed candidate Tomislav Nikolic in the upcoming vote.

Tadic`s full presidential term would have continued until the end of the year.

Parliamentary speaker Slavica Dukic-Dejanovic will take over as Serbia's acting president.

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