Pro-EU camp faces nationalists in Serbia vote

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Updated Sunday, May 6 at 2:02 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbs are voting to choose a president, a Parliament and local authorities, with the country's pro-European Union government facing a strong challenge from nationalists promising jobs and a battle against corruption.

Sunday's election is an important step for Serbia's plans to become an EU member, after being an isolated pariah state under late autocrat Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s.

The ballots also could determine whether Serbia continues to reconcile with its neighbors, including the former province of Kosovo which declared independence in 2008.

The two leading presidential contenders are Boris Tadic and his pro-EU Democratic Party, and Milosevic's former ally Tomislav Nikolic, whose nationalist Serbian Progressive Party has benefited from the EU's economic troubles, which have dimmed the bloc's allure for many Serbs.

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