In Serbia’s early elections president’s party celebrates a victory

The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of President Aleksandar Vucic wins the early parliamentary elections.

Based on 95.3% of the sample of the CeSID/IPSOS sociological centers, the list “Aleksandar Vucic: Serbia must not stop” won 46.4% of the vote, or 127 seats. RTS reported these results.

The opposition pro-European center-left “Serbia Against Violence” secures second place with 23.6% of the votes, earning 65 seats.

The coalition of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) holds the third position with 6.6% of the votes, securing 18 seats.

Vucic’s party wins the election and can form a coalition with Socialists

So, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of President Aleksandar Vucic can form a coalition with the Socialists to run the country. That’s the most likely scenario after these elections.

The NADA coalition received 4.9%, or 13 seats.

The Alliance of Hungarians of Vojvodina is expected to receive 6 mandates, while the coalition of the Justice and Reconciliation Party and the Democratic Union of Croats of Vojvodina is expected to receive 3 mandates, and the SDP of Sulejman Ugljanin is expected to receive 2 mandates.

Vucic expressed his happiness after the release of the preliminary forecast, declaring it “an absolute victory”.

The parliamentary elections, the fifth since 2012, coincide with local elections in most municipalities, the capital of Belgrade, and the northern province of Vojvodina.

Local elections in Belgrade: Vucic’s party ahead of Serbia Against Violence

Sociologists also reported that the SNS won the most votes in Belgrade, receiving 38.7% of the vote in the city council and mayoral elections, while the opposition, Serbia Against Violence, came in second with 34.7% of the vote. Five parties passed the barrier and won seats in the local parliament in total.

In Serbia, the law prohibits exit polls, and sociological companies derive unofficial results by monitoring the vote count at a nationwide sample of polling stations.

Political analysts predicted that the ruling party’s potential loss of the capital could pose a significant challenge for President Aleksandar Vucic. So much so that the Serbian authorities have already moved to “raise the stakes” by making a deal with the party of war criminal Vojislav Seselj, claiming to have exposed a plan by “Western intelligence services” to spread chaos in the country before the elections.

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