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Campaigning ends in close Serb presidential ballot

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Campaigning has ended in Serbia in a presidential election that could set it on the path to eventual EU membership or closer relations with Russia. President Boris Tadic finished with a flourish at a rally in Belgrade, hoping he has done enough to see off the challenge from ultra-nationalist Tomislav Nikolic. Whoever wins, they are likely to be faced with Kosovo’s independence within days of taking office.

Hours earlier, Tadic was given a traditional welcome in the breakaway province, considered by many Serbs as central to the nation’s identity. It was a highly symbolic last visit, ahead of Sunday’s run-off ballot. He told the tiny community of Serbs in central Kosovo that he would never accept the independence to which the Albanian majority are committed. But, unlike Nikolic, he says he will still cooperate with the EU regardless of Kosovo’s future status.