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Russia-Western balance endures Serbian election

Monday, April 03, 2017 - 01:13

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has won a landslide victory in his pursuit of the presidency, confirming his domination of the country as he pursues a delicate balancing act between Russia and the West. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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Serbia's prime minister winning a landslide victory in his pursuit of the presidency on Sunday (April 2), cementing his domination of the country as he pursues a delicate balancing act between Russia and the West. Aleksandar Vucic's win was no surprise. Yet it marks a humiliating defeat for his critics, who say he's taking an autocratic stature. In Serbia the presidency is traditionally a largely ceremonial role, with the prime minister overseeing the bulk of government matters. However, when Vucic changes hats he's still expected to hold onto his clout, through leading his ruling political party. His opposition also contends that he's taken control of most local media, stifling opposition voices. One of those critics is this man, Sasa Jankovic, a former civil rights activist and Vucic's main rival in the election. But he barely took in 16 percent of the vote, compared to the prime minister's 55 percent. Vucic wants his country to join the European Union but also maintain close ties to Russia, where Serbs share a common heritage.

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Russia-Western balance endures Serbian election

Monday, April 03, 2017 - 01:13