October 6, 2000 |
As street protests threatened to end Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's rule, the key question Thursday was whether the police forces that form the regime's iron backbone would crack down on the opposition--or join it. Leaders in Vojislav Kostunica's 18-party opposition coalition said Thursday night that they had sought a meeting with Vlajko Stojiljkovic, head of Serbia's feared Interior Ministry, in hopes of swaying his police to their side.
October 5, 2000 |
The turbulent days following Yugoslavia's disputed election have become a test of whether the Clinton administration can help bankroll the opposition to Slobodan Milosevic without allowing the Yugoslav leader to label his foes foreign stooges. There can be no question of the U.S. financial stake in Vojislav Kostunica's first-place finish in last month's election.
October 3, 2000 |
As the opposition tightened the screws with strikes and roadblocks, President Slobodan Milosevic fought back Monday in a rare address to the nation in which he attacked his opponents as puppets of the West who would lead Serbs to extermination. In a 20-minute speech on state-run television, the defiant leader said his main rival, Vojislav Kostunica, who, like Milosevic, has won popularity by attacking the West, isn't the opposition's "real boss."
September 27, 2000 |
Denying the opposition's claim to victory over Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, the state-controlled Federal Electoral Commission on Tuesday said a runoff election must be held because no presidential candidate won an outright majority.
September 26, 2000 |
Opposition members were expelled early Monday from the federal commission certifying the results of Yugoslavia's weekend elections, adding to widespread suspicion that President Slobodan Milosevic is trying to fake a victory. But Vojislav Kostunica, the opposition candidate backed by a coalition of 18 parties, told reporters that he considered himself president-elect, based on unofficial results showing him with 55.3% of the vote to Milosevic's 34.3%.
September 25, 2000 |
As unofficial results from national elections trickled in through the night, supporters of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and his chief rival, Vojislav Kostunica, both claimed victory in the early hours today. But after a day of voting that the opposition said was rife with tampering and intimidation, many here were still doubting that Milosevic would accept the results if he lost.
September 23, 2000 |
Faced with the strongest challenge in his 13 years of rule, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is fighting for reelection Sunday amid Western and opposition fears that he will win the only way the polls say he can: through massive vote fraud. Milosevic is losing his almost hypnotic hold over most Serbs, who once revered him as a national hero. If he steals the election Sunday, or in a second round, Milosevic will have sacrificed his last vestige of legitimacy.