NYT - Opposition in Serbia to seek early elections

December 27, 1999

BELGRADE, Serbia, Dec. 26 -- The largest Serbian opposition party intends to call on people to demonstrate for early elections, the independent news agency Beta said today.

"We have decided not to wait anymore," Beta quoted Aleksandar Cotric from the Serbian Renewal Movement as saying.

The move could strengthen the bitterly divided and fragile opposition, which has so far failed to unite on methods to be used to end the rule of the Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic, despite many such efforts in the past.

Addressing an party meeting in the western Serbian town of Loznica, Mr. Cotric said the movement would soon "call its supporters to win early elections on the streets," Beta reported.

The movement, led by Vuk Draskovic, avoided a protest wave begun by the Alliance for Change opposition group after NATO's March-to-June air war against Yugoslavia.

The alliance, insisting on Mr. Milosevic's resignation ahead of early elections, held anti-government rallies for 89 consecutive nights but put them on hold 10 days ago until mid-January.


[URL may be different next day if article is archived]