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President edges challenger in Serbian TV debate

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With just three days to go to Serbia’s run-off presidential election the pro-western candidate has a slight lead over his ultra-nationalist challenger after a TV debate. Opinion polls indicate President Boris Tadic edged out Tomislav Nikolic in the live event.

But the contest is still too close to call. The election may well decide Serbia’s attitude to the West after the imminent loss of the breakaway Kosovo province.

Kosovo and the economy have been the big issues. Tadic’s hopes have been hit by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica’s decision not to back him in a dispute over Serbia’s response to the EU’s Kosovo policy.