World Bulletin / News Desk
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic appeared certain of clinching the presidency on Sunday, with a poll showing him winning despite accusations by rivals that he would steer the country toward authoritarian rule.
"We can say that he is elected president," Marko Uljarevic of IPSOS told AFP.
Former ombudsman Sasa Jankovic was projected to come in second with about 16 percent.
Vucic, a 47-year-old ultranationalist turned pro-European, will have a five-year term as president, a largely ceremonial post in Serbia, but one that analysts say he will use to consolidate his grip on power, including with his eventual pick for prime minister.
Opposition parties had warned during the campaign against putting too much power in one man's hands, but Vucic dismissed the accusations Sunday.
"They can say whatever they want. I will respect Serbia's constitution. That is my obligation and that is what I will do," he told reporters after casting his ballot.
Many of Vucic's challengers garnered fewer votes than surveys had predicted: Vuk Jeremic, a former foreign minister, won 5.8 percent, while the ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj won 4.4 percent.
But Luka Maksimovic, a 25-year-old satirist who ran as the fictional Ljubisa Preletacevic -- nicknamed "Beli" (White) -- took 9.3 percent of the vote.
Dressed in a Borat-type white suit with a samurai-style ponytail and hipster beard, he had promised voters "to steal for myself but give something to the people too."
A planned referendum on the secession of northern Iraq's Kurdish region on Sep. 25 is opposed by the majority of the international community while Israel supports it.
It said that armed police then arrived and used their weapons on the attacker and "liquidated" him.
The suspect's "identity is known to the police. He is an 18-year-old Moroccan citizen," it said, providing no other details about him.
Salim al-Jubouri’s Civil Rally for Reform promises to find solutions to battered Iraq’s chronic problems
"A 22-year-old foreign national has been arrested over suspected links to terrorist activity," a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP.
'We want Syria governed by Syrians, not by the United States, not by any other forces,' spokeswoman says
Alt-right luminary departs post after mutual agreement with Trump's new chief of staff, White House says
Ould Ghada, prominent opposition figure, was arrested last week
New Unified Combatant Command 'will strengthen our cyberspace operations'
Opposition lawmakers refuse to attend session announcing decree
The 15 council members held the commemoration at the start of a session dedicated to the crisis in Yemen.
Catalonia police spokesman Josep Lluis Trapero added that a driver who mowed down crowds of pedestrians in the first attack in a busy Barcelona street Thursday could be among five suspects later shot dead in a nearby city.
Massoud Barzani, General Joseph Leonard Fotel discuss fight against ISIL, planned referendum on region’s independence
Sergey Lavrov, Sigmar Gabriel say there is 'no alternative' to political, diplomatic solutions
UN agency says civilians in South Sudan keep flocking to Ethiopia as fight between government forces, rebels continues
Around 1,000 migrants, refugees to be moved to 18 sites across Ile-de-France region