Ultranationalist leads in Serbia's presidential vote, but runoff necessary

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January 20, 2008 22:49

Independent monitors said an ally of late autocrat Slobodan Milosevic had edged ahead of the pro-Western incumbent in Serbia's presidential election Sunday, but failed to win an outright majority - forcing the two into a runoff. Belgrade's Center for Free Elections and Democracy, which independently counted votes alongside election officials, said Radical Party leader Tomislav Nikolic had received about 39 percent of the first-round vote, compared with incumbent Boris Tadic's 35 percent. A runoff is scheduled for Feb. 3.


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