Serb Vote Forces Ex-Ruling Party to Share Power

<i> From Associated Press</i>

The party of Yugoslavia’s most powerful politician will be forced to share power for the first time in 10 years, according to Serbian election results announced Tuesday.

Serbia’s new government will probably be a coalition between Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic’s Socialists, who have ruled in the decade since Milosevic took control, and the ultranationalist Radical Party.

With 236 of 250 parliamentary seats counted after Sunday’s vote, the Socialist bloc had 98 seats and the Radical Party had 80.

The opposition Serbian Renewal Movement had 45 seats, and the remaining 13 were distributed among five smaller parties, according to the Serbian electoral committee.


That gives the Socialists a choice between forming a coalition with the nationalistic Radicals or the Renewal Movement, whose moderate, democratically minded leader is a Milosevic critic.

In the presidential race, Milosevic’s protege, Zoran Lilic, faces a runoff against Radical leader Vojislav Seselj.