After a tight race, incumbent President Boris Tadic and ex-nationalist Tomislav Nikolic are headed for a runoff.
Deutsche Welle states that the Center for Free Elections and Democracy said its unofficial complete count revealed that Mr Tadic of the Democratic Party took 26.7 percent of the votes, while the Serbian Progressive Party leader Mr Nikolic won 25.5 percent.
BBC describes Mr Tadic as a key player in Serbia’s talks with the EU. He said that his party’s continuation in power was necessary for Serbia’s future development and stability. Mr Nikolic once said he would rather see Serbia ally itself with Russia than join the EU but has softened his rhetoric in recent years.