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Final results confirm populists’ win Serbia vote

March 25, 2014

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The final official results of Serbia’s March 16 parliamentary election have confirmed the landslide victory of a center-right party that has vowed to overhaul the economy and pursue the Balkan country’s EU bid.

The vote count released late on Monday by the State Election Commission showed the Serbian Progressive Party has won 158 seats in the 250-member parliament, which means it can rule alone.

This is the most convincing victory by a party in Serbia in more than 20 years. The Progressives’ leader Aleksandar Vucic has promised to form the new government by May 1.

The official results showed that the second-placed Socialists won 44 seats, the center-left Democrats gained 19, while a party led by former president Boris Tadic got 18. The rest goes to minority parties.

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