Friday, January 02, 2004

Recipe For Disaster

In order to strengthen his position in post-election coalition talks, Vojislav Koštunica (Vojislav Kostunica), former president of FRY and leader of DSS, second largest party in Serbian Parliament, hinted at possibility of grand coalition that would include all parties, including ultranationalist SRS and Milošević's (Milosevic's) SPS. The idea is to have provisional government, made out of experts and whose only purpose and only task would be to bring new constitution and few basic laws before next elections held in six months.

I hope that Koštunica isn't serious about it. Even if this scheme, by some miracle works, in six months Serbian electorate is only going to be even more sympathetic towards radical nationalism – liberal "pro-democracy" forces are going to fare even worse than on December 28th.

Minority government – proposal floated by some "pro-democracy" politicians – is preferable solution to the post-election gridlock.

At the same time, Croatian President Stjepan Mesić (Stjepan Mesic) says that the Serbian elections would only accelerate Croatian entry to EU. Good and valid reasoning, but Mesić had nasty tendency to be over-optimistic or completely miss his mark when it comes to Serbian elections. I remember him being on Croatian television in December 1990 and speaking confidently about Slobodan Milošević's (Slobodan Milosevic's) victory on Serbian elections as "victory for peace, because war-mongering extremists like Vuk Drašković (Vuk Draskovic) have been defeated".


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