BELGRADE – Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will sign a decree on setting a date for snap parliamentary elections on March 4, the presidential press service said Thursday.

The early nationwide polls are expected to take place on April 24, after Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic called for a snap nationwide vote in mid-January seeking a full four-year mandate to complete a state reform process.

Under Serbian law, elections must be held within 60 days after their announcement.

The much-anticipated decree follows Belgrade’s recent deal with NATO on the cooperation, signed February 19, which became the discussion topic within Serbia and caused a series of protests across the country, as well as calls for a referendum.