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Serbia: Turnout Reported Low In Municipal Election Re-run

Belgrade, 27 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - Initial reports say turnout is low today in a rerun of municipal elections in Belgrade.

Serbia's opposition urged voters to boycott the new municipal elections and join in demonstrations against President Slobodan Milosevic and his ruling Socialists. More street protests are expected later in the day.

Today's elections are the third in Serbia in a month, coming after federal elections and a first round of municipal polls. The opposition Zajedno (Together) coalition claimed victories in some 44 municipalities in the local elections 10 days ago, but authorities loyal to Milosevic cancelled most of those results and called today's vote.

Serbia's supreme court yesterday sided with Milosevic and upheld the nullification of results in Belgrade. Authorities cancelled the results after initially saying the opposition had won the vote in the city.

Opposition leaders said the court decision was more evidence that all of Serbia's institutions are completely controlled by Milosevic.