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Serbia: Opposition Zajedno Movement In Disarray

By Natasa Borcanin

Prague, 1 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - A leader of Serbia's divided Zajedno coalition, Vesna Pesic, is challenging the wisdom of rival Zajedno leader Vuk Draskovic's nomination for president of Serbia.

Pesic says that Vuk Draskovic, who announced his candidacy for the upcoming elections, "does not have much of a chance". Pesic said at a news conference in Prague yesterday he is not likely to gain 50 percent of the vote. Pesic says disputes over his candidacy may lead to the disintegration of the coalition Zajedno.

Zajedno is further divided by Draskovic's announcement at Tuesday's press conference in Belgrade that his Serbian Renewal Party (SPO) will start campaigning independently from the coalition.

President of the Democratic Party Zoran Djindjic, another Zajedno leader, in reply to Draskovic's statement says this obviously means that SPO is leaving the coalition and he is unsure of further developments within the alliance.