Vucic took the lead in the presidential election in Serbia

Aleksandar Vucic

The Prime Minister of Serbia Alexander Vucic is leading in the presidential elections held on Sunday, 2 April. It is reported TASS with reference to the research centre Ipsos.

According to the results of processing of 37.6 percent of the ballots, Vucic gaining 58.5% of the votes. In second place — a former Ombudsman, a candidate from a group of citizens “Serbia without fear” Sasha Jankovic, he was supported by 13.4 percent of the voters, the third — politician-parodist Luka Maksimovic with the result of 9.5% of the votes.

For former foreign Minister Vuk jeremić voted 5.3% of voters, and for the leader of the Serbian radical party Vojislav Seselj gave 4.4 percent of votes.

Voter turnout, according to preliminary data, amounted to about 55.5 per cent. To win in the first round must receive more than half of the votes, said RIA Novosti.

The President of Serbia is elected for a term of five years. The current head of state Tomislav Nikolic, who is on this post from 2012, does not participate in elections due to the loss of support for the ruling Serbian progressive party.

The Serbian President performs mainly representative functions. He represents the country in the international arena, the Parliament proposes the candidacy of Prime Minister, has the right to sign and veto laws. The President also appoints and recalls ambassadors, grant pardons and presenting awards. In addition, he is the Supreme commander of the Armed forces.