Yugoslav Parliament Elects New Premier

United Press International

Yugoslavia’s newly formed Parliament on Friday elected Branko Mikulic, a veteran Communist official and aide to the late President Tito, to a four-year term as premier.

Mikulic, 57, who is known for his political toughness, replaced Milka Planinc, whose four-year term expired Thursday. In his inaugural speech he vowed to fight mismanagement, corruption and incompetence in the economically depressed country.

Mikulic, in an apparent effort to preserve continuity in the government, retained seven ministers who served in Planinc’s Cabinet--including Foreign Minister Raif Dizdarevic and Defense Minister Branko Mamula.