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Serbia gears up for election showdown

Serbia gears up for election showdown
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Voters in Serbia are bracing themselves for crucial elections tomorrow. The two main contenders, the pro-EU Democratic Party, and the ultra-nationalist Radical Party are running virtually neck-and-neck. The election is essentially a showdown between nationalists and pro-Westerners, and Kosovo is at the centre of the debate.

One woman interviewed said that if worry and fear were driving the election, it would be logical for the democratic, rational parties to win and take Serbia forward. Another Belgrade resident said there needed to be a change. Eight years was a long time, and there hadn’t been any progress.

Tensions are particularly high in Kosovo, where Serbs are being allowed to vote. Kosovo’s declaration of independence in February has incensed many Serbs, and this could turn the tide against President Boris Tadic and his hopes for early entry into the European Union.