Early election results from Serbia show that President Aleksandar Vucic likely won re-election in the first round, carrying 59.8 percent of the vote amid a weak and divided opposition field. His best performing opponent, Zdravko Ponosh, won 17 percent, followed by a smattering of candidates that polled between 1 and 6 percent.

Vucic’s SNS party also easily won in the general elections, with estimated 121 seats in the Parliament, followed far behind by the united opposition coalition with 36 seats and the Socialist Party of Serbia with 32 seats.

The exceptionally high turnout, highest in several past cycles, gives even more legitimacy to the results, Vucic said during his victory remarks.

More than 62 percent of the voters cast their ballots in the elections, which initially gave some hope to the opposition, but this was quickly dashed. One remaining hope for the opposition is that it may form majority in the council of the capital Belgrade, that could allow them to practice some power in the country.