Thousands protest Serbia presidential outcome for 7th day

Thousands protest against Serbian president-elect Vucic

Thousands protest against Serbian president-elect Vucic

Chanting slogans against Vucic, the protesters held banners with phrases such as "Stop the government terror".

Hundreds of people rallied peacefully for a second night in Belgrade on Tuesday to protest against the overwhelming victory of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in a presidential election.

Conservative Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić won Serbia's presidential election yesterday (2 April) by a huge margin, confirming his domination of the Balkan country as he pursues a delicate balancing act between Europe and Russian Federation.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has won Serbia's presidential election in the first round, almost complete official results showed yesterday (3 April).

The protesters, a lot of them young, have gathered on the streets in response to calls on social media.

After the results were announced, Vucic, who was elected prime minister in 2014, trumpeted his "clear" victory in winning 12 percent more votes than all the other candidates combined.

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"We are here to demand more democracy, an end to Vucic's dictatorial regime and a better future, more jobs and a better education system", said Djordje Peric, 21, a student.

Government officials claim the demonstrations are organized by opposition leaders, who have denied doing so.

Demonstrators, which were mainly students, had gathered in front of parliament and accused Vucic of corruption and rigging the election. A former extreme nationalist-turned pro-EU reformer, Vucic has faced accusations of ruling autocratically.

Opposition groups have alleged irregularities, including muzzling of the media during the campaign, voter intimidation and bribes.

Protesters are demanding the dismissal of election commission, the media regulator and top editors of the state RTS TV for allegedly failing to facilitate a free and fair vote.

Nebojsa Stefanovic, Vucic's interior minister, said on Wednesday that the street protests were "highly political" and orchestrated by the opposition candidates who lost the election.

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