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Both Sides Claim Victory In Yugoslav Polls

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- As the people of Yugoslavia await the official results of Sunday's crucial election, both supporters and opponents of President Slobodan Milosevic are claiming victory.

Soon after polls officially closed at 8 p.m. local time (1800 GMT) supporters of Milosevic and those of his main rival, Vojislav Kostunica, filled the streets of the capital Belgrade.

The vice-president of the Serbian parliament, Vladimir Stambuk, said that Milosevic had won, though he could not put a figure on how many votes he had polled.

Stambuk told CNN 250 observers from 52 countries had overseen the election. He said there had been report of minor irregularities but added: "I have not heard of any big complaints.

"The elections were fair, square and democratic, and very open".

The opposition said early results showed their man comfortably ahead. Based on a sample of 70 polling stations across Serbia that were deemed to be representative, Kostunica had won in 63, compared to Milosevic's seven, the group said.


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