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UPDATED: 13:55, May 08, 2007
Nikolic elected as Serbian parliament speaker
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Tomislav Nikolic of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) was elected on Tuesday as the new leader of the Serbian parliament following the general elections on Jan. 21, Serbian state televistion said.

Nikolic received 142 votes from the 244 lawmakers present at a marathon 15-hour parliamentary session, defeating Milena Milosevic of the Democratic Party, who got 99 votes.

Nikolic secured his success by gaining support of Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS).

Nikolic is deputy leader of the Radicals, Serbia's strongest party, whose leader Vojislav Seselj is on trial at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Serbia has been in political turmoil since the weekend when the center-left Democratic Party (DS) of President Boris Tadic and Kostunica's DSS failed to form a coalition government after disputes over how key cabinet posts would be distributed.

Under the Serbian constitution, Tadic could call new elections if the deadlock in forming a new government is not broken by midnight on May 14.

Source: Xinhua

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