Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won a sweeping victory at April 24 polls, but now faces stronger opposition than in the past two years including by far right parties, official results showed Friday.

 

A man holds a banner reading "Vucic you thief, you stole the elections" referring to the Serbian Prime minister Aleksandar Vucic in Serbian Cyrillic during the opposition protest in Belgrade, Serbia
A man holds a banner reading “Vucic you thief, you stole the elections” referring to the Serbian Prime minister Aleksandar Vucic in Serbian Cyrillic during the opposition protest in Belgrade, Serbia

 

The final results were delayed by a week as the electoral commission ordered a repeat vote at 15 out of more than 8,000 polling stations due to irregularities reported by both Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and opposition groups.

 

The SNS-led coalition won 48.25 percent of votes, but it will have 131 members in the 250-seat parliament, down from 158 in the last polls, as more groups passed the five percent vote threshold.

 

After four years, the elections brought back to the parliament ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party of Vojislav Seselj, which became third strongest party with 8.1 percent votes won.

 

The far right will also be represented by DSS-Dveri, which won 5.04 percent of the votes.

 

The two ultranationalist forces openly oppose Serbia’s bid to join the European Union and strongly advocate for closer ties with Russia.

 

Other opposition groups, including the pro-European Democratic Party and a liberal coalition led by former president Boris Tadic, also won seats in the parliament, along with several minority parties, results showed.

 

Vucic has said he will form a government by June 8 and that he will seek to create a broad coalition, despite the majority he enjoys in the parliament.

 

 

 

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