Pro-West Bloc Claims Win in Serbia

But rivals say they can forge wider nationalist bloc
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 7:00 PM CDT
Tomislav Nikolic, ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party's leader, addresses the media in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, May 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Andrej Cukic)
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(Newser) – Serbia's president declared victory today as voters favored his pro-West bloc by 10 points in early returns, BBC reports. President Boris Tadic called the election a vote for EU integration but maintained his stand against an independent Kosovo. If Tadic's party wins, it still must forge a wider coalition—which rivals say they can beat with a larger nationalist alliance.