Serbia’s President-elect Tomislav Nikolic has resigned from his Serb Progressive Party, saying he wants to be the leader of all Serbian citizens. Mr. Nikolic submitted his resignation Thursday to the party’s main board and named his deputy Aleksandar Vucic as interim leader until a party congress elects new leadership. He urged Serbian politicians, including his own party members, to form a new ruling coalition as soon as possible.
The conservative politician defeated incumbent Boris Tadic in the May 20 election. He is seen as a pro-Russian leader, but he told an European Union delegation Thursday that his first priority is to lead his country toward integration with the bloc.
… Mr. Nikolic was a longtime member of the far-right nationalist Serbian Radical Party, whose former head Vojislav Seselj is on trial in The Hague on charges of war crimes during the Bosnian conflicts of the 1990s. He has tried to shed his conservative image in recent years and present himself as a democratic leader.