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Serbia's Parliament Dissolved Ahead Of Early Elections 

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic

Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolic has dissolved the country's parliament and called for early elections on April 24 -- a move requested by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

Nikolic announced the decision on March 4,a day after Vucic's government called for the move so that a new cabinet with a "clear mandate" can pursue reforms and put Serbia on the path to European Union membership.

Vucic's Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) has been allied with several small parties in a coalition government.

It is well ahead in opinion polls, putting Vucic on track to lead the next government as well.

The SNS won 131 seats in Serbia’s 250-member parliament through elections in April 2014.

That was enough to control a majority in the legislature but short of the two-thirds majority needed to make constitutional changes required for Serbia's accession to the EU.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP
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