Big day for King of Swe­den

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Chant­ing “Thieves! Thieves!”, thou­sands of op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers protested yes­ter­day in front of Ser­bia’s state elec­toral com­mis­sion over what their lead­ers said was widespread vote rig­ging by the rul­ing pop­ulists. The cen­tre-right Ser­bian Pro­gres­sive Party of Prime Min­is­ter Alek­san­dar Vu­cic won last week­end’s gen­eral elec­tion by a land­slide, but has de­manded a vote re­count af­ter sev­eral smaller op­po­si­tion par­ties won seats in Par­lia­ment. The Pro­gres­sives won 48 per cent of the seats in the 250-seat Par­lia­ment, but that is 27 seats fewer than in the pre­vi­ous vote in 2014. The rul­ing party com­plaint led to the an­nul­ment of votes from sev­eral polling sta­tions and the fail­ure of one na­tion­al­ist party, DSS-Dveri, to pass the 5 per cent thresh­old to en­ter Par­lia­ment by the slight­est mar­gin - one vote. That would mean that the rul­ing Pro­gres­sives would add seven more par­lia­men­tary seats to their tally. In a rare show of unity, op­po­si­tion party lead­ers ad­dressed the pro­test­ers yes­ter­day, claim­ing numer­ous ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties dur­ing the vote, in­clud­ing in­tim­i­da­tion and the brib­ing of vot­ers. “We gath­ered here to­day to de­fend free­dom. To de­fend jus­tice. To de­fend free Ser­bia. To de­fend the will of the Ser­bian peo­ple,” said San­dra Raskovic Ivic, a leader of the DSS-Dveri coali­tion.

Swe­den’s Queen Sil­via and King Carl XVI Gustaf ar­rive for the Te Deum thanks­giv­ing ser­vice in the Royal Chapel, dur­ing the king’s 70th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions, in Stock­holm, Swe­den.

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