World: The Maverick Who Defied Moscow

Josip Broz Tito: 1892-1980

It was a moment for which all Yugoslavs, as well as many foreign political leaders, had been preparing for weeks. On Sunday, Belgrade's official news agency, Tanjug, announced the death of Josip Broz Tito, 87, Yugoslavia's President-for-Life and Supreme Chairman of the Yugoslav League of Communists. In accordance with a succession plan that Tito had arranged and approved, his titles devolved automatically on two little-known party functionaries who had been carrying out his duties since January: Party Chairman Stevan Doronjski and President Lazar Kolisevski.

The end had come slowly,...

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