Officials say Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will run for the presidency in the election in April. Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said after a Serbian Progressive Party meeting on Tuesday that Vucic was unanimously approved by the ruling party. The decision means that current pro-Russian president, Tomislav Nikolic, will end his term, unless he decides to run for re-election independently.
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Although the post is largely ceremonial, the vote could determine whether Serbia continues on its EU membership path, or will slide toward its traditional Slavic ally Russia. Vucic is a former ultranationalist turned pro-EU reformer.
The dates of the two-round vote have not yet been announced, but numerous candidates have announced they are running. Those include ultranationalist leader Vojislav Seselj, a staunch pro-Russian who has been acquitted for war crimes by a U.N. court, and former Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremi.