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Yugoslavia: Parliament To Vote On New Government

Belgrade, 24 July 2001 (RFE/RL) -- The Yugoslav parliament is scheduled to meet today in Belgrade to vote on the new federal government. Reports say the parliament is expected to approve it. The prime minister-designate of the new government is Dragisa Pesic, a member of the Montenegrin Socialist People's Party (SNP) and a former finance minister.

The SNP and the Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) coalition have a majority in the parliament.

Pesic is due to present his government program at a plenary session, before a debate and a separate secret vote in the two councils, or parliamentary chambers.

The outgoing government fell in late June, when outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Zizic (SNP) resigned over the decision of the DOS-run Serbian government to hand over former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.