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Yugoslavia: Parliament To Vote On Premier's Resignation

Belgrade, 4 July 2001 (RFE/RL) -- The federal Yugoslav parliament is due to convene today to vote on whether to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Zoran Zizic and other Montenegrin officials, which led to the collapse of the Yugoslav government last week. Zizic and the other officials from the Montenegrin Socialist People's Party, or SPP, resigned in protest over the handover of Slobodan Milosevic to the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague. The move prompted the collapse of the Yugoslav government led by President Vojislav Kostunica's Democratic Opposition of Serbia, or DOS.

Kostunica is now holding talks to form a new government. But yesterday, the SPP said it wants early legislative elections instead. In a further blow to Kostunica, Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists announced yesterday they have no interest in taking part in a federal Yugoslav government.