But hold on a moment, what were the results?
An examination of the actual results (if you can find and interpret them) reveals that anti-EU parties won at least 127 seats and pro-EU parties at most 123.
Tadic' pro-EU allies are the LibDems and (some, or all) of the ethnic minorities (102+14+ 7 = 123 max)
Kostunica's anti-EU allies are the Radicals and the Socialists (30+77+20 = 127 min)
ELECTION RESULTSAttempting to discount this - without admitting that it is a problem - commentators are hinting that the Socialist Bloc might defect to Tadic. However, the Socialists are not talking to Tadic, about forming a coalition, but to Kostunica!
Tadic bloc: 38.75%, 102 seats
Radicals: 29.2%, 77 seats
Kostunica bloc: 11.3%, 30 seats
Socialist bloc: 7.6%, 20 seats
Liberal Democrats: 5.3%, 14 seats
Ethnic minorities: 2.3%, 7 seats
Total seats: 250. Parties forming a coalition need to have at least 126 between them
Source: State Electoral Commission, based on nearly 98% of votes cast.
Obradovic: Meeting With Kostunica Today
BELGRADE - Representatives of the Socialist Party of Serbia-PUPS-United Serbia (SPS-PUPS-JS) coalition should on Tuesday start talks on forming a new government of Serbia with Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) leader Vojislav Kostunica, SPS Vice-President Zarko Obradovic said late on Sunday.
Interestingly Mr Mardell is beginning to feel that he had the wool pulled over his eyes.