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Yugoslavia: Serb Parliament Agrees On New Government

Belgrade, 24 October 2000 (RFE/RL) - Serbia's parliament today agreed to an interim government which will run the republic until early elections scheduled for 23 December. The decision, adopted by a vote of 128 to 5, came despite a walkout by more than 80 delegates of the ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party. The vote is an important victory for new Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica and his political alliance, the Democratic Opposition of Serbia. Under an agreement reached last week, the DOS will share power in the transition government with former President Slobodan Milosevic's Socialist Party. The Socialists currently hold 110 of the 250-seats in the Serbian parliament.

The Radicals walked out of today's session to protest a decision by state television not to broadcast the debates live. Yesterday they prolonged the parliament's debates for several hours, forcing a postponement until today.