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Djukanovic Nominated in Yugoslavia

November 5, 2002

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PODGORICA, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Montenegro’s ruling party has nominated the president to serve as the new prime minister of Yugoslavia’s smaller republic.

The main board of the Democratic Party of Socialists revealed its support for Milo Djukanovic in a statement, praising his ``vision of a European Montenegro.″

It was not immediately clear whether Djukanovic would accept the nomination. He was not available for comment.

Djukanovic’s presidential term expires at the end of this year, but he could run for another term. The presidential vote is set for Dec. 22.

Taking the prime minister’s spot would ensure a continued role in political life, without the risk of facing a presidential contest. His coalition _ ``For European Montenegro″ _ won a comfortable majority of 39 seats in the Oct. 20 parliamentary vote.

Earlier this year Montenegro and Yugoslavia’s other republic, much larger Serbia, accepted a Western-brokered deal aimed at keeping Yugoslavia together for the next three years.

The deal envisages common defense and foreign policies but separate economies, currencies and customs services for the new state named ``Serbia and Montenegro.″

However the accord has stalled over how to establish a future federal parliament. A special commission was established earlier this year to try to resolve the dispute.

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