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Serbs go to the polls

BELGRADE (Serbia-Montenegro): Serbs were choosing local leaders on Sunday in key elections expected to be a tight race between the pro-Western reformers and loyalists of the former President, Slobodan Milosevic. The municipal and mayoral elections are the first democratically organised since Mr. Milosevic was ousted four years ago by a coalition of democratic parties. ublic. The newly founded Strength of Serbia party, led by Serb billionaire, Bogoljub Karic, was ranked third in the polls, while the Prime Minister, Vojislav Kostunica's party was lagging in fourth. The Democrats were predicted to regain the post of Belgrade Mayor, while the Radicals were favoured in rural municipalities where their populist policies have appealed to poorer Serbs frustrated with the slow economic improvements.

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