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Serbia's Ruling Coalition Suffers At The Polls

4 October 2004 -- Two major opposition parties in Serbia upset the ruling party in local elections held yesterday.

The pro-Western Democratic Party the and ultranationalist Radical Party (SRS) gained control in almost every major city.

The Democratic Party appeared to have won a tight victory in the Belgrade mayoral race and the SRS won elections in Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina Novi Sad.

The SRS also won many of the local elections in central and southern provinces.

Local media in Serbia reported that the four parties that make up Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica's cabinet won in 29 municipalities, the Democratic Party in 24, and the SRS in 38.