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Serbian President’s Party Still Wants No Part in Government

Serbian President-elect Boris Tadic told the Belgrade daily "Blic" of 29 June that his Democratic Party (DS) has no plans to enter the minority coalition government headed by his party's rival, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica.

Tadic added that he is under no pressure from abroad to do so.

He stressed that his party will not try tobring down the government, adding that the Democrats will not be responsible if that happens.

The "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" wrote on 30 June that Tadic might be hoping that the government will fall in order to benefit from early elections by capitalizing on Tadic's recent electoral victory.

Serbia and Montenegro's Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic said in Belgrade on 29 June that he expects that a new constitution will be approved in the fall, followed by early elections, Deutsche Welle's "Monitor" reported.

He added that Kostunica agreed with him on the need of approving the constitution and holding elections, which is Kostunica's long-standing position.

(RFE/RL 01.vii.04)

 
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