Ex-minister Jeremic says he will seek Serbian presidency

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Former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic says is running for Serbia's presidency in this year's election.

Jeremic formally announced the decision Sunday in Belgrade. It was not immediately clear if any key political parties are backing his candidacy.

The upcoming presidential vote is viewed as an important test of popular support for the current populist government, which formally seeks closer ties with the European Union but increasingly has been turning toward traditional ally Russia.

The election date has not been set. Current pro-Russia President Tomislav Nikolic has suggested he might seek a second term.

Jeremic was president of the United Nations General Assembly in 2012-13 and a candidate last year to replace Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.