Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic appears to have lost ground in a repeat election held at a small number of polling stations on May 4. Preliminary results suggest the Dveri coalition will have 13 members in the 250-seat parliament, with coalition partners successfully surpassing the minimum 5 percent of votes needed for representation in the legislation. That outcome would be a setback for Vucic’s conservative Progressive Party, which now appears to be on track to control 131 parliamentary seats — 27 fewer than before the elections Vucic called halfway through his term.
Vucic had said he wanted to strengthen his authority to carry out reforms and push forward with European Union membership talks.
Had the Dveri coalition failed to clear the 5 percent hurdle, seven seats secured in the April 24 vote would have gone to Vucic’s party.
Full Article: Serbian Prime Minister Loses Ground In Repeat Elections.