Madam President

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Ever since they ousted Slobodan Milosevic two years ago in a popular uprising, Serbs have had trouble finding someone to fill his shoes. The bitter rivalry between Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic and Yugoslav federal President Vojislav Kostunica has poisoned the political air, slowed the transition to a free-market economy and paralyzed the machinery of state. It also alienated the electorate. Three times in the past three months, presidential elections — dominated each time by Kostunica — have failed to muster the more than 50% of eligible voters required for a valid ballot. The current office holder, Milan Milutinovic, a relic from...

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