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In pictures: Tadic victorious

Serbian President Boris Tadic greets supporters, 3 February 2008

Boris Tadic has won a narrow victory in Serbia's presidential election. As the news was announced, his supporters took to the streets to celebrate.

Supporters of pro-Western incumbent Boris Tadic celebrate in Belgrade, 3/2/08

Belgrade's streets were quickly filled with a cacophony of brass bands, fireworks and car-horns, as Tadic supporters waved Serbian, EU and Democratic Party flags in celebration.

Tadic supporters celebrate on the streets of Belgrade, 3 February 2008

Mr Tadic's victory indicates that Serbians want closer ties with the West instead of getting closer to Russia, as was advocated by his ultra-nationalist challenger, Timoslav Nikolic.

Elderly Serbian women are seen through a window of a polling station 3 February 2008

Turnout in the vote was the highest since former leader Slobodan Milosevic was defeated in 2000.

Serbian President Boris Tadic casts his ballot at a polling station 3 February 2008

In his victory speech, Mr Tadic, seen here casting his vote earlier in the day, said Serbia had shown its "great democratic potential".

Serbian ultranationalist Radical Party acting leader Tomislav Nikolic and his wife Dragica cast their votes at a Belgrade polling station, 3 February 2008

Mr Nikolic, seen here voting with his wife Dragica, conceded defeat but warned Europe should not "blackmail" Serbia.

A man stands in front of an election poster of Tomislav Nikolic 3 February 2008

Both candidates were unified in their opposition of independence for Kosovo, which is nonetheless expected to be declared within weeks.

An ethnic Serb woman gestures as she votes in the Serb enclave of Gracanica, 3 February 2008

The election was seen as a referendum on how Serbia should deal with the West after the expected loss of the breakaway province.


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