Landslide win for Serbia’s pro-EU PM

26 April, 2016 12:00 AM printer

BELGRADE: Serbia’s pro-EU Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won a landslide victory in general elections, the electoral commission confirmed Monday after nearly all ballots were counted, reports AFP.
Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party won 48.25 percent of the vote, giving him 131 MPs in the 250-seat parliament—down from 158 in the last election, the commission said based on 98 percent of votes counted.
The Socialists, Vucic’s coalition partners in the outgoing government, came second with 11.01 percent of the vote.
They were followed by the far-right Radicals led by ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj, who won 8.05 percent of the vote. Seselj was recently acquitted of war crimes charges arising from the 1990s Balkans conflicts.
The anti-EU and pro-Russian Radicals saw a resurgence of support and were set to return to parliament with 21 MPs, after failing to win any seats in 2012 and 2014.
Four other political groupings also made it past the five percent threshold needed to enter parliament, according to the commission.
They were the centrist Democratic Party, a new liberal party called “Enough is Enough” (“Dosta je bilo”), a liberal coalition led by former Serbian president Boris Tadic, and a eurosceptic and pro-Russian coalition called DSS-Dveri.
Several groups representing ethnic minorities—for which there is no threshold—will also be present in the assembly following the vote—Serbia’s third in four years.