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Anti-Milosevic Parties Agree On Serbian Government

Belgrade, 29 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Parties of the so-called democratic bloc in Serbia today agreed on a future government coalition.

Vojislav Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia, caretaker Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic's Democratic Party, the reformist G17 Plus, and the Serbian Renewal Movement have a combined 146 of the 250 seats in the parliament.

The extremist Serbian Radical Party, with 82 seats, and former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's Socialist Party of Serbia, with 22 seats, will make up the opposition.

The first step of the coalition is expected to be the election of the assembly speaker, which the four parties failed to do at the constitutive session on 27 January.