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High-Profile Candidates and Notable Coalitions Mark Serbia's Upcoming Elections

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Salman Akhtar
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High-Profile Candidates and Notable Coalitions Mark Serbia's Upcoming Elections

The upcoming Serbian elections scheduled for December 17th, have been marked by an interesting mix of electoral lists. Some lists have gained approval, while others are still under consideration by the Republic Electoral Commission. A list that initially went anonymous has been revealed to include well-known personalities such as former President of Serbia, Boris Tadić, who is positioned at 249th for the parliamentary elections and 108th for the Belgrade elections. Another high-profile candidate is Ljubica Njegomir iviu0107, daughter of singer Merima Njegomir, who holds the fourth position on the Belgrade list of iviu0107edomir Jovanović's party.

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Athletes and Artists Join the Fray

Eighteen lists have been approved for the parliamentary elections so far, with several others pending, while there are 14 lists for the Belgrade elections and 13 for Vojvodina. The list led by iviu0107edomir Jovanović also features Judita Popović, a former member of REM, in a key position. Prominent athletes also grace the lists, such as basketball player Dejan Tomašević for the SNS party, tennis player Janko Tipsarević, and former water polo player Slobodan Soro.

Notable Coalitions and Candidates

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The elections will also witness a coalition between the Social Democratic Party (SDS) and the Enough is Enough (DJB) movement, with writer Vida Ognjenović in a high position for the parliamentary elections. The list 'Serbia against violence' includes former basketball player Miroslav Miša Beriu0107 among its top ten candidates, while the coalition NADA has basketball player Vladimir Štimac as a candidate for the Belgrade council. Additionally, Miša Vacić's list 'When the army returns to Kosovo' and the shortest list by the Group of Citizens 'Dad, this is for you' will also be part of the electoral competition.

Political Tensions and Developments

Meanwhile, the government of Kosovo has extended the deadline for ethnic Serbs to register their vehicles with Kosovo license plates by two weeks, triggering tensions in the region. The move is designed to offer more time for compliance and includes financial incentives for registration. The issue of vehicle registration has incited tensions in the past, and the situation remains tense in the north and with neighbouring Serbia. Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, following the 1998-1999 war between Serbia and Kosovo that claimed about 13,000 lives, mostly Kosovo Albanians.

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