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Serbia's Vucic claims big election victory for party



Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has claimed victory in snap parliamentary elections, saying his party is heading for an absolute majority.


His Serbian Progressive Party, or SNS, is set to win almost 47% of the vote, according to projections.


Opposition parties under the Serbia Against Violence banner were well behind with 23.1%.

Their biggest hope is in challenging the president's party in Belgrade in Sunday's local elections.


Results overnight from Serbia's 8,273 polling stations confirmed the ruling party's lead, although projections in the capital itself gave it a far narrower margin of victory of four points.


Mr Vucic declared that his "Serbia must not stop" election list was heading for 127 seats in the 250-seat National Assembly.


"My job was to do everything in my power to secure an absolute majority," he told supporters, although he himself was not running for election.


Wearing a grey sweater, he was flanked on one side by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and on the other by controversial Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik.

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