Dispute Between Milosevic Foes, Allies Delays Serbian Government Vote
A dispute between opponents and allies of ousted Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic caused a 48-hour postponement Saturday of a key vote in the Serbian parliament on the make-up of an interim government.
The 18-party Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS), which backed Vojislav Kostunica in his presidential bid, reached an agreement last week with Milosevic's Socialist Party (SPS) to share power in an interim government until new elections in December.
The parliamentary debate was scheduled to begin Saturday, but was held up for several hours and finally postponed because of last-minute wrangling over the nomination of certain Milosevic supporters to key posts.
Zoran Djumic of the parliament's information service, told reporters that the session would now start at 10:00 a.m. (0800 GMT) on Monday.
Aleksandar Milutinovic of the opposition Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO), led by Vuk Draskovic, told reporters that Milosevic's Socialist party (SPS) officials "asked for a break till Monday, in order to agree their next moves."
Earlier, Nebojsa Covic of the DOS objected to one of the SPS nominees on the grounds that he was "involved" in "beatings of opposition activists."
He also said that the DOS, together with the SPO, had demanded the resignation of Serbia's two top justice officials, having rejected their nomination as members of the republic's electoral commission.
Serbia's Supreme Court chairman Balsa Govedarica and public prosecutor Dragisa Krsmanovic should be dismissed since "they have taken part in all previous elections" marred with electoral fraud, Covic said -- BELGRADE (AFP)
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