According to preliminary data, Aleksandar Vucic receives about 60 percent of the votes, his closest competitor Zdravko Ponos – 17 percent.
In Serbia, after processing more than 82 percent of ballots in the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, April 3, the coalition called “Together We Can Do Everything”, led by the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of President Aleksandar Vucic, is gaining 44.4 percent of the vote.
It is already clear that Vucic himself will also retain the presidency. According to preliminary data, he receives about 60 percent of the votes in the parliamentary elections held simultaneously with the parliamentary elections. His closest competitor Zdravko Ponos won about 17 percent of the vote. Vucic will become the first Serbian president to be elected for a second term.
Parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia against the background of the war in Ukraine
Parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia were held against the backdrop of the war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine. Moscow's aggression in Ukraine is strongly supported by many Serbs, and President Vucic promised “peace” and “stability” during the election campaign. Previously important topics such as environmental protection and corruption have receded into the background due to the war.
Aleksandar Vucic’s main rival is the former Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, Zdravko Ponos, who is supported by the pro-European opposition. Experts, however, believe that he will not be able to defeat Vucic, who has consolidated his power since being elected president in 2017. Vucic virtually controls the media and state institutions in Serbia.