• Serbia’s pro-European PM claims victory, set for landslide

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    BELGRADE: Serbia’s pro-European Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic claimed victory in Sunday’s general election after projections showed him winning by a landslide. Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party was on track to win around half of the vote, with his Socialist coalition partners in second place with around 11 percent, according to independent observers at the Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CESID). The far-right Radicals were also set to return to parliament after four years without seats, led by ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj who was recently acquitted of war crimes charges arising from the 1990s Balkan conflicts. The Radicals were expected to win more than 7 percent of the vote, CESID said, clearing the 5 percent threshold to give them a platform in parliament for their strongly anti-Western and pro-Russian views.

    AFP

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