Court annuls part of Yugoslav election

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2000

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - The Yugoslav constitutional court on Wednesday annulled parts of the contested presidential election in which the opposition claims President Slobodan Milosevic was defeated, the state-run Tanjug news agency said.

The statement indicated that the results of other races for parliament and local councils would be considered valid.

The announcement came on the eve of a planned mass rally in Belgrade which the opposition hoped would be the final push to force Milosevic to concede defeat to challenger Vojislav Kostunica.

Milosevic's acknowledged Kostunica finished first in a five-candidate field but without a majority needed to avoid a runoff Sunday. The opposition has rejected a runoff.

Opposition official Goran Svilanovic said he believes the opposition will also not agree to take part in a rerun of the first round.

"We have our elected president," he said. "These are things we can discuss, but my initial reaction is that there can be no bargaining."

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