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Yugoslavia: Milosevic Plans To Resign As Party Leader

Belgrade, 7 November 2000 (RFE/RL) - The Tanjug news agency is reporting ousted Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic does not intend to run for re-election as the leader of his Socialist Party. The report last night comes ahead of a vote by an extraordinary party congress later this month. Tanjug quotes sources saying Milosevic is still interested in the party's evaluation of its defeat in the presidential elections and its opinion of parliamentary elections next month.

The Democratic Opposition of Serbia, whose leader Vojislav Kostunica is now Yugoslav president, has said Milosevic is living in Belgrade under security protection.

He has not been seen in public since October 6, when he conceded defeat to Kostunica on television. Western governments had expressed concern about Milosevic's reported intention to remain active in politics. They have insisted he should stand trial on war crimes charges at the United Nations tribunal in The Hague.