Milosevic's wife running for YU parliament seat

BELGRADE, Aug 25, 2000 -- (Reuters) Mirjana Markovic, the influential wife of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, is a candidate in next month's election for the federal parliament.

Markovic, leader of the neo-communist Yugoslav Left (JUL) party, heads a list of candidates from Pozarevac, the couple's home town in central Serbia.

JUL and Milosevic's Socialist Party have presented joint lists for the September 24 parliament and presidential elections in Yugoslavia. The lists were published by the pro-government Politika on Friday.

The English-language newsletter VIP said it was the first time that Markovic was a candidate for parliament since her husband rose to power in the late 1980s.

Milosevic is the two parties' joint candidate for the post as president. Recent opinion polls suggest he is lagging behind opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica in voter support one month before the elections.

Local elections in Serbia, the dominant Yugoslav republic, are scheduled on the same date.

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