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Serb Opposition Leader Catches Up With Tadic Ahead of May 6 Vote

April 09, 2012

Serbia’s incumbent President Boris Tadic, who is running for his third term in office, will probably face tough competition as opposition leader Tomislav Nikolic is gaining public support before the May 6 elections.

Tadic, the leader of the Democratic Party, was backed by 35.8 percent of voters and his main challenger, Nikolic, the leader of the Serbian Progressive Party by 35.7 percent, in an opinion survey by the pollster Faktor Plus, its manager Vladimir Pejic said at a news conference in Belgrade today.

The poll indicated 29.4 percent support for the Democrats and 33.4 percent for the opposition Progressives, almost unchanged from the previous survey released on March 26, Pejic said. The survey 1,160 respondents was carried out in the week starting April 2,. There was a 3 percent margin of error.

Tadic stepped down on April 4 to ensure that presidential elections are held on the same day with the vote for parliament and local governments in a move that may help his party return to power.

The poll did not indicate ratings for new presidential candidates, including Jadranka Seselj, wife of Vojislav Seselj, the leader of the Serbian Radical Party, who is standing trial at the Hague war crimes tribunal.

Nikolic used to be Seselj’s deputy until 2008, just months after Tadic defeated him for the second time in presidential elections. Nikolic set up his own party in later that year.

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