2000: Opposition supporters storm the Yugoslav parliament building and proclaim Vojislav Kostunica
as the new president.
, leader of the Democratic Party of Serbia, said that "the EU has shown its true face" and that "neither "the Brussels agreement which has wounded Serbia greatly is not enough for the country to be set a date for opening negotiations." In his view, the EU is openly and insolently humiliating the Serbian government.
However, Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica
's Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) and their Montenegrin allies blocked the passage of the law in federal parliament until December 2002.
The ultranationalist Radical Party of Tomislav Nikolic received 29.2% of the votes; outgoing Prime Minister's Kostunica
's bloc received 11.3%; the Socialist Party (founded by former leader Slobodan Milocevic) and the liberal Democrats got 5.3% of the votes.
The signing of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the EU and Serbia, on 29 April, has further escalated tensions between former coalition partners: the pro-European Democratic Party (DS), led by President Boris Tadic, and the nationalist Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS), led by the outgoing Serbian Prime Minister, Vojislav Kostunica
. The latter has strongly condemned Tadic for signing the pre-membership deal with the Union, accusing him of rubber-stamping Kosovo's independence by this move.
The presidential decision is expected to put an end to the Serbian government's crisis over the differences of its coalition partners concerning Kosovo and membership in the European Union which culminated Saturday when Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica
announced a collective end of his Cabinet in two days.
PRINCETON, NJ -- On May 15, the Serbian parliament approved a new coalition government led by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica
and President Boris Tadic, both moderates who would like to see their country join the European Union within the next decade.
Addressing thousands of wildly cheering supporters, likely next president Vojislav Kostunica
declared that Serbia was again 'part of Europe'.
Prime minister Vojislav Kostunica
said the fugitive was "hiding all alone" after a crackdown on his support network.
He said that he is convinced that Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica
does not know where Mladic is, but added that he believes the secret service knows his whereabouts - indicating the prime minister was not in control of his intelligence network.
But Srdjan Djuri c, spokesman for Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica
, denied that Mladic had been arrested.