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Serbia: Narrow win for Pro-Western Tadic

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Serbia: Narrow win for Pro-Western Tadic

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Serbia has re-elected its pro-western President. Boris Tadic has been returned to office, albeit with a slim margin of victory, promising to press ahead with Serbia’s efforts to join the European Union, despite differences over the breakaway province of Kosovo. President Tadic told supporters: “It’s a victory for Serbia, a victory for democracy in Serbia, and I think we have shown Europe there is true Serbian democracy.”

Slovenia, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, agreed with President Tadic, welcoming a high-turnout in an election it said appeared to be free and fair.

In a statement, Slovenia welcomed Tadic’s re-election, saying it will speed up moves towards Serbia’s candidacy, and re-iterating its commitment to the European perspective of the Balkan state.

On Kosovo, Tadic and his opponent are united – neither wants the region to breakaway from Serbia.

They differ on how the country should react. Even though Tadic disagrees with the EU’s support for Kosovo’s position, he sees membership of the bloc as key to Serbia’s future.