Monday, May 12, 2008

Preliminary Results of Serbia's Vote Shows a Tadic Win

Belgrade, May 11, 2008 – The Serbian Electoral Committee (RIK) stated tonight that on the basis of data from 6.97% processed polling stations, the coalition “For European Serbia” won 35.06%, while the Serbian Radical Party came in second with 28.21%.

According to preliminary results from RIK, the coalition of the DSS and NS won 15.21%, the coalition SPS-PUPS-JS won 10.75%, whereas the Liberal Democratic Party remains with 3.95%.

This data was processed from 612 polling stations in which the turnout stood at 64.3%.

The Centre for Free and Democratic Elections (CeSID) stated earlier tonight that the turnout was 60.7% of the total registered number of voters in Serbia.


Gray Falcon said...

His coalition has the largest chunk of votes, yes. But did they actually "win"?

If the Radicals, Socialists and DSS/NS make a deal, they have enough seats in the parliament to form a government easily. In which case Tadic's Democrats will find themselves in the exact same position the Radicals have held for the past several years: the biggest party in the parliament - but unable to govern.

Funny how math works.

Anonymous said...

The scenario I predict is that it will take months to form a new government. The new government will consist of SRS-SPS-DSS and possibly minorities and SPO (Draskovic's party are nothing but opportunists and would gladly take part in any government and portraying themselves as a patriot would be an ideal situation for them to return from political irrelevancy).

Out of desire to form the government for once the radicals will probably hold a minority of seats. There concessions to minorities might include ministerial seats in addition to some reform of education and local government laws for the Hungarians, ambassadorships for the Bosniaks, and for the SPO a referendum on re-establishing the monarchy.

In order to prevent or get out of an economic slowdown the SRS will likely push stalled eocnomic reforms they usually oppose and speed up privatization, especially of major enterprises like the Telekom and EPS. They may as well hold a referendum on making the PM in charge of the armed forces.