Pro-West Tadic wins re-election in Serbia
BORIS Tadic, Serbia's pro-western president was last night re-elected in a poll that was largely regarded as a referendum on the country's relations with Europe.
Mr Tadic saw off Tomislav Nikolic, his nationalist challenger, who conceded defeat, by winning more than 50 per cent of the votes. Mr Nikolic had 47 per cent.
Car horns could be heard around Belgrade as Tadic supporters took to the streets of the Serbian capital to celebrate the victory.
"Serbia has shown its great democratic potential," Mr Tadic said in his victory speech.
The result will determine whether the pivotal Balkan country continues on its path of pro-western reform and closer ties with the European Union, or returns to political and economic isolation similar to that in the era of former president, Slobodan Milosevic.
The outcome will also decide how Serbia will react to the expected declaration of independence later this month by Kosovo. Mr Tadic has ruled out the use of force against the province.
The European Union was quick to congratulate Mr Tadic, saying : "The EU wishes to deepen its relationship with Serbia and to accelerate its progress toward the EU, including candidate status."
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