World Bulletin / News Desk
The first round of Serbia's presidential election, in which Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is running for head of state, will be held on April 2, the parliamentary speaker said Thursday.
"I would like citizens to elect the best candidate who will cooperate in a serious and responsible manner with the government in order to safeguard the economic and political stability of the country," the speaker Maja Gojkovic said as she called the vote.
A former ultranationalist who has restyled himself as a pro-European reformist, 46-year-old Vucic is expected to remain the country's most powerful politician if he wins, although the presidential role is largely ceremonial.
He will be up against liberal former ombudsman Sasa Jankovic, former foreign minister Vuk Jeremic and ultranationalist Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj.
Seselj, who was acquitted of war crimes by a United Nations tribunal at The Hague last year, would like the country to abandon its pro-EU path and forge closer ties with Russia.
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