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Serbian President Boris Tadic announces his resignation

Boris Tadic
Image caption Boris Tadic's resignation will allow him to stand for re-election on 6 May

Serbian President Boris Tadic has announced he is resigning.

He still has 10 months of his current term of office to serve, but the move will allow him to stand for re-election on 6 May.

Parliamentary elections are already scheduled to take place on that date, and the move is seen as a tactic to help his Democratic Party's campaign.

Mr Tadic says he will formally submit his resignation to the speaker of the Serbian parliament on Thursday.

Mr Tadic, who's keen to build closer links with the European Union, will face a strong challenge from the nationalist candidate Tomislav Nikolic.