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Presidential run off in Serbia

Presidential run off in Serbia
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Serbian President, Boris Tadic has cast his vote with his father in the second round ballot in his country’s run off. The 54-year-old was the narrow victor in the first round by less than one percentage point and has run his campaign as a referendum on EU membership.

Victory for the pro-western incumbent would ensure power would stay firmly in the hands of his Democratic Party which is trying to form a new ruling coalition.

“Today is a crucial day when we will decide which direction we will take in the next five years and even the next decade. And the world is watching to see our democratic maturity,” said Boris Tadic.

Tomislav Nikolic is the right wing rival, he has lost out to Tadic twice before. The 60-year-old was in government with the late Slobodan Milosevic when Serbia was bombed by NATO in 1999. For the last few years he has tried to re-invent himself as a pro-European conservative.

“I am convinced that I am the best choice for Serbia, but it is up to the citizens of Serbia now. And I will congratulate the winner,” he told his supporters.

Turn out at the polls is predicted to be low which analysts say could favour Nikolic. The ballot has taken place among accusations of fraud in the first round with claims 500,000 votes for Tadic were forged. Election authorities and monitors found no evidence to back up the allegations.