YUGOSLAVIA: Fragile Fabric

The Yugoslav Communist Party is once again in the grip of a wide-scale political purge. In a series of laconic announcements last week, the Yugoslav press agency Tanyug reported the "resignations" of top-ranking Serbian and Slovene officials. In fact, they had been dismissed from office by President Josip Broz Tito, who had moved to put down nationalist strife within the supposedly supranationalist party he has led since 1937.

Straying Parties. Still iron-willed at 80, Tito seemed more determined than ever to prevent any division of Yugoslavia into separate states after his death....

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