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Last Updated: Monday, 28 June, 2004, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
Press toasts Serbia's 'vote for Europe'
Boris Tadic after winning Serbian presidential election
Boris Tadic beat nationalist rival

Serbian dailies greet the result of Sunday's presidential election with front-page photos showing Democratic Party candidate Boris Tadic celebrating his victory.

While there is little editorial comment, the mood in the papers - judging by the headlines - is jubilant.

"Serbia has elected a new president," says a caption in the former government daily Politika, above a picture of Mr Tadic, his wife Tatjana, party officials - and the widow of assassinated Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.

All are raising their champagne glasses. "Boris Tadic is president," the caption adds.

"TADIC", in capital letters, reads a caption in the independent Vecernje Novosti. It is accompanied by a large photo of Mr Tadic raising his arms before a cheering crowd outside party HQ.

The paper gives a breakdown of the result, and quotes Mr Tadic as saying his victory shows "there is no alternative to a European road for Serbia".

His rival, nationalist Tomislav Nikolic, is quoted in turn as offering his congratulations to the victor. "But more fights are to come," he adds.

Celebration till dawn

Two tabloids, Blic and Glas Javnosti, have identical punchy headlines: "Boris Tadic President". The first has a front-page family snap of Mr Tadic while the second is dominated by a large photo showing him toasting victory at party HQ.

The centrist Danas carries excerpts from Boris Tadic's victory speech with the headline "Boris Tadic: Serbia's European future has won."

"Celebration until dawn" is the same paper's take on the atmosphere in central Belgrade.

A large photograph of Tadic clenching his fist dominates the front page of the Nacional tabloid.

"Tadic is the voters' will," reads an adjacent headline, while the widow of late Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic is quoted as saying: "I am feeling victorious".

The Kurir tabloid goes on first-name terms with the victor, in its bold front-page headline: "Boris, the new Serbian president."

"Thousands of Belgrade citizens celebrated last night with brass bands," the paper adds.

This theme is echoed in yet another popular daily, Balkan.

"Celebrations in the streets and squares in Belgrade and throughout Serbia," its headline reads.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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