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Yugoslavia: Parliament Debating Power Sharing Deal

Belgrade, 24 October 2000 (RFE/RL) -- The Serbian parliament is set to meet again today in Belgrade in a bid to approve a transitional government for Serbia. The parliament adjourned late last night without approving a power-sharing deal after ultranationalist deputies made lengthy speeches to delay a vote. Supporters of Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica and the Socialist Party of ousted President Slobodan Milosevic reached the deal last week. It involves the formation of a transitional government and early elections on December 23.

The ultranationalist deputies from the Serbian Radical Party made speeches accusing the Democratic Opposition of Serbia of seizing power illegally.

The Serbian Radical Party had been part of Serbia's ruling coalition together with the Socialist Party. The Radical party is not part of the proposed power-sharing deal. It has said it will not accept the deal without a fight.

The parliament did accept the resignation of Serb Prime Minister Mirko Marjanovic yesterday.