Serbia elections: Serbs head to polls in closely fought contest

Voters in Serbia are going to the polls in presidential, parliamentary and local elections.

BBC reported that polls suggest opposition candidate Tomislav Nikolic and liberal incumbent Boris Tadic are running neck and neck in the presidential race.

Deutsche Welle describes President Boris Tadic as a strongly pro-western leader. His Democratic Party has been considered socially liberal and modern ever since Tadic took over after the assassination of former premier Zoran Djindjic in 2003. Tadic’s closest rival, Tomislav Nikolic founded his Serbian Progressive Party in 2008. He is considered a moderate who says he’s in favor of European integration.

Serbia is plagued by unemployment of 24% and foreign debt of 24bn euros.

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