Serbian presidential election

Today was the first round of Seribia’s presidential election. According to election monitors, as reported by Reuters, nationalist (fascist, ((Consider this quote from Nikolic’s acceptance of his party’s nomination: “We are not just at the edge of biological survival of the Serbian nation, but being humiliated every day we lose faith in the salvation”(LA Times, 19 Jan).)) really) candidate Tomislav Nikolic has 39.4% of the vote and incumbent Boris Tadic has 35.4%.

The Reuters headline proclaims, “Nationalist wins first round in Serb vote.” Given that it was widely expected that there would be a runoff and that there are two slots in said runoff, actually both of them have “won” the first round.

The same two candidates “won” the first round of the 2004 election, and in the same order of finish, though both had lower vote shares then: Nikolic, 30.1% and Tadic, 27.3%. The third candidate in 2004, Bogoljub Karic, had 19.3%. In the runoff, Tadic won fairly easily, 54.4 – 45.6.

Serbia is a premier-presidential system with a relatively weak presidency. In the parliamentary elections of 2007, Nikolic’s Serbian Radical Party also won a plurality of votes (28.6%) and seats (81/250). However, the much more important result of the parliamentary elections was that pro-Western parties allied to Tadic won a large majority, and together form the current government.

0 thoughts on “Serbian presidential election

  1. The leader-in-exile of the Radical Party for which Nikolic has stood for the Presidency is Vojislav Seselj. Seselj is currently in The Hague awaiting trial on war crimes charges, and an unapologetic imperialist for greater Serbia who wants to gouge out the eyes of Croats ‘with a rusty spoon’… ‘hardline nationalist’ doesn’t quite cover the nature of this party. Thank you for calling it by its proper name.

  2. Nikolić (the fascist) was defeated again, as Tadić was reelected, but it was very close: 51.3-48.7. Turnout was 67.6%, an increase from the first round (61.4%). (In 2004, with the same two candidates, Tadić won 54.4% but with a turnout of only 48.7%. Greater turnout almost put the fascist in power.)

    (The linked item says 50.5 – 47.9, but it is not clear what the remaining 1.6%, in a two-candidate runoff, was. I assume a vote “against all” or blank vote. If the winner has to have more than half, even taking into account those who vote for neither candidate, then it was even closer to producing no result.)

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