Serbia's Tadic set to become next PM

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Serbia's Tadic set to become next PM

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Outgoing Serbian president Boris Tadic looks to become the country’s next prime minister.

Tadic lost his bid for re-election to conservative nationalist Tomislav Nikolic one week ago.

The two met on Monday with a view to Tadic leading talks on forming a coalition.

The position of prime minister is stronger than the largely ceremonial role of the president.

Nikolic’s Progressives and Tadic’s centre-left Democratic Party finished first and second in a recent parliamentary election.

But neither party has enough seats to form a government on its own.

Tadic has ruled out entering government with the Progressive Party.

He is likely to to turn to his traditional allies, the third-placed Socialist Party,

The two have shared power for the past four years and support Serbia joining the EU.