Serbian opposition leader Tomislav Nikolic reached an agreement with an anti-European Union party, committing to policies aimed at keeping Serbia politically and militarily neutral if he wins May 20 presidential runoff.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic formally named Aleksandar Vucic as prime minister designate, allowing the leader of the Progressive Party, the biggest group in parliament, to take office this month.
Serbia wants Kosovo to commit to keeping its army out of the Serb-dominated north of its former breakaway province, while giving locals control over the police and judiciary, President Tomislav Nikolic said.
The Serbian Democratic Party may lose May 6 general elections, while its leader, President Boris Tadic, will be forced into a runoff as voters reject moves to bring the former Yugoslav republic to the European Union.
Serbs headed to the polls today in early parliamentary elections designed to install Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic as the head of a government vowing to spur the economy and win European Union membership by 2020.