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YU Assembly to mull constitutional changes

July 5, 2000

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Yugoslavia's federal parliament will discuss changes to the constitution at an extraordinary session Thursday, the state Tanjug news agency said on Wednesday.

Tanjug did not give details about the possible changes, which it said had been proposed by the ruling coalition in Serbia led by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

The Western-leaning leadership of the smaller Yugoslav republic of Montenegro suggested Milosevic was planning to become president for life.

"I guess the constitutional change refers to strengthening the rule of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic who needs to become a president for life," Dragan Djurovic, a deputy from the Democratic Party of Socialists, told the Montenegrin parliament.

Milosevic's four-year term as Yugoslav president runs out in July next year and he cannot run again. Montenegro's ruling parties are not represented in the federal parliament due to an argument over representation following their election in 1997.

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