2017 Serbian Presidential Election Sunday April 02,2017 - Serbia elects Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic as president
Serbia elects Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic as president
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic(47) has won a clear victory in the country's presidential election.
He won about 55%, well above the threshold to avoid a run-off, with most results counted.
His closest challenger, Sasa Jankovic, polled 16%, while satirical candidate Ljubisa Preletacevic came third with 9% of the vote.
Mr Vucic is pro-EU, but is accused by his rivals of using the election to tighten his grip on power.
Declaring victory, Mr Vucic said the people had voted for his policy of joining the EU without turning away from traditional allies Russia and China.
"This shows in what direction Serbia wants to go. It has been important for this victory to be as clear as a tear drop to not allow anyone to make a random interpretation of the difference that has been made."
He became prime minister after his pro-EU nationalist Progressive Party won a landslide victory in early parliamentary elections in 2014