Serbia president Aleksandar Vucic projected to win second term

Projected results from Serbia’s presidential and parliamentary elections suggest that Aleksandar Vucic and his Progressive Party have both won comfortable victories, the BBC reports.

In a joint forecast, the CeSID election monitor and Ipsos polling organization predict that Mr Vucic will win a second five-year term as president by taking almost 60% of the vote.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Party will maintain their dominance in the National Assembly, securing more than 40 percent of the vote.

Assuming they form their usual coalition with the Socialist Party, they should have a comfortable governing majority.

Mr Vucic said he was “proud” of the “great support of the people” – and described his campaign as “the cleanest and most beautiful in the history of Serbia”.

He listed the priorities for his second term as continuing Serbia’s modernization, attracting foreign investments and ensuring peace and stability. And he indicated that he would aim to maintain Belgrade’s traditional ties with Moscow, despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – while continuing with EU membership negotiations.

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