Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic 370.
(photo credit:REUTERS/Marko Djurica)
Less than a year after taking office, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic paid a
state visit to Israel earlier this week. The 61-year old statesman, who defeated
incumbent Boris Tadic in May 2012, has been a key political figure and
parliamentarian in the region for more than two decades.A tall and
impeccably courteous man, Nikolic spent much of his career as a senior leader of
the Serbian Radical Party before resigning in 2008 and launching the Serbian
Progressive Party. Since assuming power, he has unwaveringly guided Serbia
toward joining the European Union and tackling the country’s moribund economy.
Last month, he signed an agreement in Brussels that was brokered by the EU which
aims to normalize relations with the breakaway region of Kosovo.