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Serbia: Opposition Seeks Broad Democratization

Belgrade, 7 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - Serbia's opposition leaders, anticipating victory in a parliamentary vote next Tuesday to restore opposition election victories in 14 Serbian cities and towns, are focusing on future parliamentary and presidential elections.

Opposition leader Zoran Djindjic told 50,000 demonstrators in Belgrade last night that Serbia still is not fully democratized. He said that opponents of the government of President Slobodan Milosevic still must press for fair election conditions, free media and the full rule of law.

Djindjic and two other leaders of the opposition Zajedno (Together) coalition returned yesterday from a one-day visit to France, where they met with French Foreign Minister Herve de Charette. Djindjic said he received assurances in Paris of continued international support for the opposition's aim of bringing democracy to Serbia.

Zajedno has brought tens of thousands of supporters out onto the streets of Belgrade every day for 11 weeks, demanding Milosevic recognize opposition wins in local elections held November 17. Milosevic responded earlier this week by asking parliament to reinstate the election results.