Serbian ultra-nationalists to rule Belgrade
Parties opposing Serbia's closer ties with teh West Thursday announced a coalition deal to govern the capital Belgrade, signalling the prospect of anti-Western policy also dominating the upcoming parliament, dpa reported.
The ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party (SRS), outgoing Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia and Slobodan Milosevic's Socialist Party (SPS) agreed a coalition for the majority in Belgrade only four days after Sunday's elections.
The SRS candidate for the Belgrade mayor, Aleksandar Vucic, told reporters that three parties "agreed the principles" for the majority coalition in the Belgrade city council.
Serbs voted in snap parliamentary and municipal elections on Sunday. SRS with 78, DSS with 30 and SPS with 20 - were also negotiating a coalition in the Serbian parliament, where they control 128 out of the 250 seats.
The coalition behind the pro-European President Boris Tadic has won 102 seats in the Serbian parliament, but may remain out of the government in case SRS, DSS and SPS forge a government coalition.
SRS leader Tomislav Nikolic and Kostunica promised before the polls to scrap Serbia's pre-membership agreement with EU in protest at Western support of Kosovo's secession from Serbia.