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Vucic wins Serbia's presidential election

Aleksandar Vucic won with 59.55% of votes
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic
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BELGRADE, April 4. /TASS/. Incumbent Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has won the Balkan nation’s presidential election, finishing the first round with a result of 59.55% of votes, the Republican Election Commission of Serbia published official data on Monday after counting more than 90% of the ballots.

According to the election commission, Vucic (under the Together We Can Do Everything coalition) won with 59.55% of votes, with former Serbian General Staff Chief Zdravko Ponos (from the United for the Victory of Serbia coalition) coming in second with 17.53%, and Milos Jovanovic taking third place with 5.82%.

Trailing behind the abovementioned candidates was Bosko Obradovic (from the Patriotic Bloc coalition) with 4.42%, Milica Durdevic-Stamenkovski (the Oathkeepers party) got 4.31%, Biljana Stojkovic (from the We Must coalition) took home 3.04%, Branka Stamenkovic (Sovereignists) got 2.02% and Misa Vacic (from the Serbian Patriot coalition) took last place with 0.89%.

As for the parliamentary elections, which were held simultaneously with the presidential elections, the election victory was clinched by the Together We Can Do Everything coalition, led by the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, which is headed by incumbent Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. According to the Republican Election Commission, Together We Can Do Everything took home 43.57% of the ballots. The United for the Victory of Serbia coalition led by Marinika Tepic came in second with 12.96%, while the coalition led by Ivica Dacic's Socialist Party of Serbia took third place with 11.71%. Continuing down the list, the NADA coalition obtained 5.25%, We Must received 4.29%, Bosko Obradovic’s Patriotic Bloc got 3.85%, while the Serbian Party Oathkeepers headed by Milica Durdevic-Stamenkovski took home 3.77%. All the other parties did not manage to pass the 3% threshold.

Based on preliminary data, the Together We Can Do Everything coalition will get 122 seats in the 250-seat Parliament, while the United for the Victory of Serbia coalition will have 36 seats, the coalition led by the Socialist Party of Serbia will obtain 32 seats, the NADA coalition is going to occupy 14 seats, the We Must party is going to have 12 seats, Bosko Obradovic’s Patriotic Bloc will have 10 seats, while the Serbian Party Oathkeepers coalition headed by Milica Durdevic-Stamenkovski is set to have 10 seats. Representatives of national minorities will also get seats in the parliament; the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians will have six seats, and other nationalities are likely to have one to three seats.

According to the Republican Election Commission, the turnout at presidential and parliamentary elections in Serbia was 58-60%.

Serbia’s presidential and parliamentary elections were held on April 3. Elections to the Belgrade city council and to the councils of 12 Serbian municipalities were held simultaneously. According to the Election Commission, more than 6.5 million citizens have the right to vote in Serbia. Because of the demarche of the unrecognized Kosovo authorities, for the first time the presidential and parliamentary voting did not take place in the Serbian Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija. The Serbs from Kosmet were forced to go to central Serbia to exercise their constitutional right.

During the monitoring of the electoral process, observers from the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS member states (IPA CIS) noted a high level of activity among Serbian voters. In turn, the delegation of the Federation Council for the observation of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Serbia did not register any serious violations that could have affected their results.