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Serbia may hold elections on November 7th

The report in the independent Blic daily, which cited a highly placed source in the left-wing coalition, said that Serbia's ruling coalition has decided to organize early local elections on Nov. 7 and hold a general election on the same day if the opposition agrees. Blic said the government might be ready to meet two opposition demands. These are the abolition of a restrictive information law and the presence of a mission from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to monitor the election process. The opposition Democratic Party responded by saying Serbia had never had fully free and fair elections and there was no reason to think the government would change its spots now. "Popular protests throughout Serbia have scared the regime, which is now trying to keep them at bay by announcing some kind of early elections," it said in a statement.

Source: Free Serbia

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