Serbia won the popular landslide as many parties boycotted

Serbia won the popular landslide as many parties boycotted

BELGRADE, Serbia  - The official counting of Serbian parliamentary elections on Monday was a huge victory for the right-wing ruling party of popular President Alexander Vucic’s according to state RTS television.

After counting more than 60% of the ballots, election officials said Vusik's Serbian Progressive Party won 61% of the vote, followed by his ally, the Socialists, by 10%.

The partial boycott of the vote, the major opposition parties, and Vusik unfairly dominated state-owned power, paving the way for Vucic Progressive to control 190 seats in a 250-member assembly. The success of the Musik party was declared "historic".

Supporters of the totalitarian Serbian president called for a greater vote on the future of Kosovo, the former province of Kosovo, to secure a strong mandate for internationally mediated peace talks. In 2008, Serbia rejected the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

The EU ambassador to Kosovo is expected to be in Belgrade on Monday to meet with Miroslav Lajcak and Voodik. The president will be touring next to major ally Moscow and the American-brocade Serbia-Kosovo meeting will be held in Washington on June 27.

Sunday's voting in Serbia was the first national election in Europe since the start of the coronavirus lockdown. The vote - originally scheduled in April but was postponed due to the epidemic - is due to Serbia still reporting dozens of new cases daily.

Despite the partial boycott, some smaller parties still voted but failed to make more than 3% of the vote. Official polling figures have not yet been released, and independent voting agencies say they are lower than previous votes.

Full official results are due by Thursday.

A former fierce nationalist, Vukic served as the communications minister in the government of the late forced Slobodan Milosevic during the bloody wars in the Balkans in the 1990s, killing over 100,000 people and moving millions from their homes.

Critics have warned that Vucic’s now wants Serbia to become an EU member, but since his party came to power in 2012, democratic freedom has been greatly diminished.

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