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Serbian Nationalists Claim Election Fraud

Serbian Progressive Party leader Tomislav Nikolic

Serbian Progressive Party leader Tomislav Nikolic

The leader of Serbia's Progressive Party, Tomislav Nikolic, has accused his rival, incumbent Boris Tadic of election fraud.

Nikolic, who faces Tadic in a May 20 presidential run-off, alleged that Tadic’s Democratic Party printed extra ballots and tampered with voting lists in the May 6 vote.

Nikolic’s nationalist party garnered 24 percent of the vote to become the strongest single political force in the future parliament.

Tadic, who struck a deal on May 9 to form a new government with the Socialists in exchange for their vital backing in the presidential run-off, dismissed the fraud claims as "insinuations."

Based on reporting by AFP and AP