Kostunica to run for Serb presidency©Associated Press
August 24, 2002
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica announced Friday he would run in September for the presidency of Serbia, the country's dominant republic.
The move was widely expected as Kostunica's current job is likely to disappear as part of constitutional changes that give greater power to the Serb president.
Serbia and Montenegro, the two remaining Yugoslav republics, have agreed to redefine their relationship as part of a Western-backed plan that foresees doing away with Yugoslavia and replacing it with a loose confederation named Serbia and Montenegro.
Kostunica's announcement was expected to sharpen the rivalry between himself and Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. Former allies in the ousting of Slobodan Milosevic from the Yugoslav presidency two years ago, the two are now bitter rivals vying for control of the country.
"My victory would mark the beginning of a struggle for the state of law, democratization of Serbia, a struggle against corruption, for decent life and for preservation of a joint state of Serbia and Montenegro," said Kostunica.
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