Latest polls suggest outgoing Serbian President Boris Tadic is poised to win the presidential runoff on Sunday. Thursday marked the last day of official campaigning.
Opposition candidate Tomislav Nikolic’s party narrowly won the parliamentary elections on May 6th which meant they could have been in a position of power. However, Tadic’s party announced the formation of a governing coalition with the third-placed Socialists. Serbian Political Analyst, Vladimir Todoric, explains how this will freeze Nikolic’s party out of power:
“After the agreement that president Tadic, or the future president Tadic, has made with future members of the coalition, it is even more likely that there will be no cohabitation. So we will have the same majority that supports the president. So, I would say, and of course, all the betting offices are saying so, that the clear favourite on Sunday is Boris Tadic.”
EU leaders have given their vote of confidence to Tadic. He championed Serbia’s EU membership bid and claims he will lead a smooth entry to the exclusive club. Nikolic, has come out in favour of the EU whilst also courting Russia. Commentators say whoever wins on Sunday will hold the key to Serbia’s EU ambitions.