Bosnian Serb leader sets up new party

SARAJEVO, Jun 5, 2000 -- (Reuters) The former Bosnian Serb President and head of the Serb National Alliance (SNS) Biljana Plavsic said she would form a new party after the SNS had passed a no-confidence vote against her, Bosnian radio reported.

The SNS on Saturday passed the no-confidence vote against Plavsic, who was blamed for the party's weak performance at Bosnia's municipal elections in April.

Plavsic, who last month offered to resign as party leader along with six SNS vice presidents, said the new party would be called the Serb National Alliance - Biljana Plavsic, the radio said on Sunday.

The SNS is a member of the Bosnian Serb ruling Sloga (Unity) coalition together with the Party of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) of Prime Minister Milorad Dodik and the Democratic Socialist Party (DSP).

The DSP was formed in April by officials of the Socialist Party (SPRS) who continued to support Dodik after the SPRS had left Sloga.

Plavsic's new party will have only one deputy in the Bosnian Serb parliament among the total of 11 SNS deputies. It is expected to remain in the Sloga coalition.

It is still unclear whether the other party will keep the same name and also remain in Sloga.

Post-war Bosnia comprises the Serb republic and the Moslem-Croat federation.

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