The results of Serbian parliamentary elections will be assessed when EU foreign ministers get together on 22 January 2007. The election results are crucial for the future status of Kosovo and will also determine the path of EU-Serbia relations.
The ultranationalist "Radicals" party led by Tomislav Nikolic in absence of Vojislav Šešelj, who is on trial for war crimes, won 28.7% of votes, followed by the pro-European "Democratic Party" under leadership of President Boris Tadić, with 22.9%, while Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica's centre-right party "Popular Coalition" gained 16.7% of the votes, according to the Serbian NGO Centre for free Elections and Democracy (CeSID). The turnout was 60.4%.
Nevertheless, the nationalist camp seems to be split and a group of pro-European parties are likely to form a government coalition. Tadić said: "Parties from the democratic side have won a two-thirds majority in parliament and this is an important signal to Europe." He added: "The Democratic Party will insist on holding the prime minister's post."
The EU and the US would like to see a coalition government between the Democratic Party of Tadić and Koštunica's Popular Coalition, in order to develop closer ties between the EU and Serbia.