: Reuters: Pro-E.U. Serbian Prime Minister Vucic claims victory in general election

09:55 Apr. 25, 2016

Reuters: Pro-E.U. Serbian Prime Minister Vucic claims victory in general election

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic gestures during a pre-election rally in Novi Sad, Serbia (AP Photo)

Vucic claims the country needs a clear mandate to complete the E.U. reforms 

Serbia's pro-western Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic claimed victory in the country's general election on Sunday, April 24, after a pollster's projections showed his conservative Progressive Party winning around half of the votes cast, Reuters reports 

"The citizens of Serbia again gave us the honor to lead the government," Vucic told supporters.

Read also Reuters: Ultra-nationalist resurgence could complicate Serbia's E.U. path

Vucic went to the polls two years early, saying he wanted a new mandate from voters for negotiations to join the European Union, which will entail potentially painful economic restructuring.

The results look set to secure the Progressives another parliamentary majority.

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