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Poll: ruling party wins big in Serbian election

There are 8 comments on the News Times story from Mar 16, 2014, titled Poll: ruling party wins big in Serbian election. In it, News Times reports that:

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, March 16, 2014.

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Pickering, Canada

#1 Mar 16, 2014
The ruling center-right party that has vowed to overhaul Serbia's struggling economy and push for membership in the European Union won a landslide victory in a parliamentary vote Sunday, according to unofficial results.

The Belgrade-based independent CeSID polling group said the Serbian Progressive Party won about 160 seats in in the country's 250-seat parliament. Its coalition partner in the current Serbian government, the Socialist Party of Serbia, came in second, with about 50 seats.

The rest of the seats went to the pro-Western Democratic Party and the New Democratic Party of former President Boris Tadic, the two groups that split up before the vote.

It was the most convincing victory by a party since the multiparty system was introduced in Serbia in the early 1990s. Official results are expected Monday, but all parties taking part in the vote confirmed the unofficial results.

The Progressives are expected to choose their leader Aleksandar Vucic — a former hard-line, pro-Russian nationalist who has become a pro-EU advocate — as prime minister.

In his victory speech, Vucic pledged to vigorously fight against corruption and crime, and revive the economy in the troubled Balkan nation of about 7 million people.

The vote came as Serbia, a longtime international pariah for fomenting wars in the Balkans in the 1990s, is officially seeking entry into the EU, amid deep economic problems and simmering social discontent because of plunging living standards.

The opposition has accused him of seeking to introduce a Russian-type, hard-line leadership in Serbia by assuming dominant powers in the state, which is deeply split between pro-Russian and pro-Western sentiment.

Unemployment in Serbia officially stands at about 20 percent, but experts say it is much higher. Serbia has been told by international creditors that to move forward it must cut jobs in the public sector and privatize state-owned, loss-making companies.

Also running were are the Liberal Democrats and hard-line pro-Russian nationalists who oppose the EU bid, but according to the unofficial results, they didn't reach the 5 percent threshold needed to enter the parliament.
SunceTiKrvavo

Beograd, Serbia

#2 Mar 16, 2014
Niko nije ni glasao, Smo popili malo rakije i gladali futbal bre.
Brian

Franklin Square, NY

#3 Mar 17, 2014
So Serbia is supposedly deeply split but the anti eu party didn't get into parliament? Bad article
Dalmatino

Slovenia

#4 Mar 17, 2014
Boris Tadic is biggest l o s e r
N I 4 N I

France

#5 Mar 17, 2014
The electios were fixed. How is it possible that even tadic's party whom so many Serbs hate gets into the parliament? Clearly the elections weren't fair. Guess what, i didnt even vote, because I knew who's gonna win.

The only thing that can say Serbia is revolt like in Ukraine or even a revolution, end of story.
N I 4 N I

France

#6 Mar 17, 2014
^save Serbia

“NATO Air - Just Do It”

Since: Jan 09

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#7 Mar 17, 2014
SRS NIJE PREŠLA CENZUS: Težak poraz, Radikali pobacali svoj promo materijal kroz prozor :)))

http://www.kurir-info.rs/tezak-poraz-radikali...
SunceTiKrvavo

Beograd, Serbia

#9 Mar 17, 2014
N I 4 N I wrote:
The electios were fixed. How is it possible that even tadic's party whom so many Serbs hate gets into the parliament? Clearly the elections weren't fair. Guess what, i didnt even vote, because I knew who's gonna win.
The only thing that can say Serbia is revolt like in Ukraine or even a revolution, end of story.
The people dont know what the fck is going on, they are being told what to do by one side and threatened by the other when really they just want to live in peace, work and have a good economy so their kids get a good life. Otherwise they dont care if its EU, Yugo, etc, call it whatever as long as the life is good.

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