Ruling conservatives predicted to win Serbian poll
BELGRADE (SERBIA) – Serbia’s ruling conservative party led by President Aleksandar Vucic is all set for a landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary election, according to results projected by Ipsos and CeSID.
According to the projection, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) is slated to win 62.5% of the votes, while the Socialist party – a junior coalition partner – is seen coming second with 10.7% of the votes.
The centre-right Serbian Patriotic Alliance of former water polo player Aleksandar Sapic is in third position with 4% of the votes.
A brass band orchestra at the SNS headquarters was playing traditional Serbian music before Vucic proclaimed victory.
Dozens of people cramped in a small room, hugged each other while a few wore face masks although doctors warned of the spread of the coronavirus.
“Tonight people showed enormous trust in our team,” Vucic told journalists. “Serbian people have decided what kind of future they want.”
Another Serbian pollster CRTA predicted the turnout at 48% compared to 56.7% in 2016. The State Election Commission is due to announce preliminary results including turnout later in the evening.
Turnout was hit by a boycott by some opposition parties, who say the vote will not be free or fair owing to Vucic’s grip on the media.
(Photos syndicated via Reuters)
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