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.