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Second round for Milosevic and Kostunica
BELGRADE, Tuesday -- Slobodan Milosevic and Vojislav Kostunica will meet in a second round of voting for the federal presidency on October 8, the Federal Election Commission announced tonight.
In its first announcement of preliminary results of Sunday's elections, the Commission also announced that the government coalition had won an absolute majority in the Federal Parliament and would form a government alone without the need of additional coalition partners.
State television reported tonight that the Commission's figures were 2,428,714 or 48.22 per cent of the vote for Kostunica and 2,026,478 or 40.23 per cent for Milosevic.
The Democratic Opposition representative on the Federal Election Commission, Sinisa Nikolic told Radio B2-92 that he had not seen any material which could support the result.
Earlier today the Commission announced that final results of the Yugoslav presidential and parliamentary elections would be completed by Wednesday at 8.00 p.m. and would be announced on Thursday at 8.00 p.m., state radio reported today.
The Election Commission statement cited federal election laws which require results to be forwarded to the Federal Commission with 72 hours of the close of polling stations, that is by 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday. The law then allows a further deadline of 24 hours from the arrival of the results for them to be published.
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