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Preliminary Results of Yugoslav Presidential Election Inconclusive

Aired September 26, 2000 - 1:45 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: There's news from Yugoslavia about the presidential and parliamentary elections.

Belgrade bureau chief Alessio Vinci joins us now, live, with that news.

Alessio, what's happening?

ALESSIO VINCI, CNN BELGRADE BUREAU CHIEF: Lou, the state-run television, Serbian television, just issued some preliminary results. These are the first official preliminary results.

Quoting a statement by the federal electoral commission, they are saying that, with 64.16 percent of the vote counted, the opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica has received 48.22 percent of the vote. President Slobodan Milosovic, the incumbent, has received 40.23 percent of the votes; therefore indicating that a second round of voting, if these results are confirmed -- official results are confirmed with 100 percent of the vote counted -- indicating that, perhaps, a second round of voting may be necessary.

If that is going to take place it will be on October the 8th.

Again, with 64 percent of the votes, Mr. Kostunica leading President Milosevic, according to official results, by eight points. Now, these results, we must remind you, that are in sharp contrast with what the opposition is saying.

Mr. Kostunica, today, claiming victory; saying that his tallies, after having counted over 90 percent of the ballot, he is claiming an outright victory in the first run with over 54 percent of the vote.

Therefore, now, we have to wait and see, first of all, how the opposition will react to this and also if the final results, which are expected here not before Thursday 8:00 p.m. local time -- we'll have to see if these results will change.

Back to you, Lou.

WATERS: All right, Alessio Vinci in Belgrade on the preliminary count from the election commission there on the recent presidential and parliamentary elections. We'll have more as soon as we know more.

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