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Serbian President Formally Resigns, Clearing Way For Election

Serbian President Boris Tadic announces his resignation to the media in Belgrade on April 4.
Serbian President Boris Tadic has sent his official letter of resignation to the parliament in Belgrade, clearing the way for joint presidential and parliamentary elections.

Parliament speaker Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic announced that the presidential election will be on May 6, when a parliamentary, regional and local vote had been already scheduled.

Following Tadic's resignation, Djukic-Dejanovic will become Serbia's acting president until the vote.

Tadic has already announced he will run for a third term.

Opinion polls show Tadic, the leader of the center-left Democratic Party (DS), is likely to face his longtime rival, Tomislav Nikolic of the right-wing populist Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), in a second-round runoff.

Based on reporting by AFP and RFE/RL's Balkan Service