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Serb parites prepare for coalition talks

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Serb parites prepare for coalition talks


Despite uncertainty over the result Tajic hailed the election a success for pro-European parties. He believes they can form a coalition, keeping the Radicals from power. “We have a two-thirds majority in our parliament. I think that the democratic parties, pro-European parties, are making a huge majority in our parliament and this is really possible. We have a strong majority. If we have a strong decision, if we are sharing values, our goals, we are going to achieve that,” he said.

Kostunica’s party could play the kingmaker role in the election aftermath. Seen as occupying the middle ground between the pro-Europans and the nationalists, Kostunica has not ruled out holding talks with the Radicals.

“Coalition talks are ahead of us,” he said.

Supporters of the Radical Party have been celebrating the outcome nonetheless. The West made clear to Serbs ahead of the election that they should turn their backs on nationalism if they hope to join the EU and NATO, and make up for a decade of isolation.

No major Serb party concedes the loss of Kosovo, administrated by the United Nations since 1999. Early next month, a UN envoy is set to present his decision on whether the Serbian province should become independent.

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