The party of the late Slobodan Milosevic is being frantically wooed in the race to form a majority government in Serbia. The Socialists hold the key for either the European Coalition, led by Boris Tadic, or the Nationalists’ Tomislav Nikolic to take up the reins of power.
The Socialist leader, Ivica Dacic, emerged from talks with the nationalists revealing little:
“The talks were constructive. We discussed the parliamentary majority. We are going to put forward our policies.”
There were also talks with Tadic’s party, even though it has derided the Milosevic followers for two parliamentary terms.
The parties which came second and third on Sunday, the Nationalists and Voijslav Kostunica’s Democratic Party of Serbia, accused the president and his supporters of ‘jumping the gun’ as they celebrated victory with just 39 percent of the vote.
It is clear both sides need the support of the Socialists to secure power.