Serbia Sinks Deeper into Ungovernability

9 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Serbia Sinks Deeper into Ungovernability</h1><p>May 9 (EIRNS)--The election of Tomislav Nikolic, president of the ultra-nationalist Radical Party, to the position of Speaker of the Serbian parliament may signal a deeper decline into ungovernability for this Balkan nation. According to an Associated Press report covered in the Serbian daily <em>Politika</em> May 9, Nikolic would "go to war for Kosovo" and "cut relations with the West if Kosovo is granted independence."</p><p>Nikolic was elected with the backing of MPs from his own Radical Party, the late Milosevic's Socialist Party, and, most surprisingly, by the Democratic Party of Serbia, party of "democratic" and "pro-European" Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica.</p><p>The Russian ambassador to Belgrade personally delivered congratulations to Nikolie from the president and vice president of the Russian Parliament.</p><p>The election has taken place in the midst of a long-running political crisis which has left Serbia ungovernable for months. The general elections held last January resulted in a hung parliament, and a new government has yet to be formed. If one is not formed by May 15, new elections will have to be held according to the constitution Nikolic, is a political heir to Radical leader and war criminal Vojislav Seselj, infamous for his hard-line statements concerning Kosovo.</p></div></body>