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Vojislav Koštunica (Serbian Cyrillic: Војислав Коштуница, ; born 24 March 1944, Belgrademarker, Yugoslavia is a Serbianmarker politician and the President of the Democratic Party of Serbia. He was the last President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslaviamarker, succeeding Slobodan Milošević and serving from 2000 to 2003. He also served two terms as the Prime Minister of Serbia, from 2004 to 2007 and from 2007 to 2008.

Career

A graduate from the University of Belgrade's Law School with a Ph.D., Koštunica lost his job as Professor of Law at this institution in 1974, after criticizing Josip Broz Tito's Communist government. In 1989, he became one of the founders of the Democratic Party. He left the Democratic Party in July 1992 over opposing views in leadership and formed the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS), of which he is still president.

Koštunica is a conservative politician with no connection to the old Communist Party (from which Slobodan Milošević's party originated). Supported by both nationalistic and pro-Western voters, the Democratic Opposition of Serbia backed him in the presidential election of September 2000. After turbulent events of October 2000, Koštunica was finally declared the winner of the election and remained president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until February 2003, when the state was replaced by Serbia and Montenegro and the position he held was abolished. Koštunica opposed the extradition of his predecessor, Slobodan Milošević, and has stated his opposition to the Hague Tribunal several times.

Following the parliamentary elections in December 2003, in which the DSS emerged as the largest of the pro-EU parties, Koštunica became prime minister in March 2004 at the head of the new minority government of Serbia, albeit with the support of the Socialist Party of Serbia. However, as a result of the bad showing of the government candidate Dragan Maršićanin in the Serbian presidential election, 2004, Koštunica announced that fresh parliamentary elections should be expected by the end of the year just following the adoption of a new Constitution for Serbia. Since then, the minority government of Vojislav Koštunica has maintained a frail coalition government.

In 15 May 2007, after a brief crisis in his coalition, he was sworn in for his second term as prime minister.

Kosovo

On 21 February 2008, following Kosovo's declaration of independence, Kostunica made an emotional speech in Belgrade, which included the following:

On 25 February 2008, Koštunica demanded that the United States rescind its recognition of Kosovomarker, warning that "there will be no stability" until the "fake state" is annulled.

On 8 March 2008, Koštunica, as Prime Minister of Serbia, called for new elections on 11 May after the collapse of his party's coalition with the Democratic Party over European Union issues and Kosovo's declaration of independence.

European Union

On 4 April 2008, Koštunica stated that EU membership is no longer on agenda for Serbia. He said that before EU accession continuation Serbia and EU must discuss the matter of borders and Serbia’s territorial integrity. He said that Serbia must not by no means sign the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. He referred to the agreement as «Solana's agreement».

On 21 April 2008 Koštunica said that the SAA is in the interests of Olli Rehn and Javier Solana and not in Serbia's state interests. He also said that "NATOmarker pact cannot claim that Serbia recognized Kosovomarker’s independence with that signature." and that "the only thing the NATO pact will be able to claim is that individual parties signed Solana’s agreement.".

On 27 April 2008 he said that anyone who signed the SAA on behalf of Serbia would become an accomplice to tearing Serbia apart. He also implied there is a cover-up of something in the agreement by saying: "I am convinced every Serbian sees that things are being covered up, and that there is something seriously amiss with the Solana agreement." and he asked "who in Serbia dares to ignore these facts and conceal the real goal of Solana's agreement.".

On 28 April 2008 he said that "the signature will not be valid for Serbia and whoever signs the SAA will have to assume responsibility for such an act".

On 1 May 2008 Koštunica said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was right when he said that the SAA should have been signed but one day later on 2 May 2008 he vowed to annul the agreement after the election, calling it "a trick", "Solana's agreement" and "the Tadić-Đelić SAA signature". He said he refers to the act of signing of the SAA as anti-Constitutional and anti-state that leads to the breakup of Serbia. Spokesperson of Koštunica's Democratic Party of Serbia stated that Tadić was putting a seal of Judas of his party coalition to the Solana Agreement by signing it. On 4 May he called the document "a forgery and a trick".

First cabinet (2004-2007)

Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Ivana Dulić-Marković (2004-06)
Goran Živkov (2006-06)
Capital Investment Velimir Ilić
Culture Dragan Kojadinović
Defence Zoran Stanković (2006)
Deputy Miroljub Labus (2004-06)
Ivana Dulić-Marković (2006-06)
Diaspora Vojislav Vukčević
Economy Dragan Maršićanin (2004-04)
Predrag Bubalo
Education and Sport Ljiljana Čolić (2004-04)
Slobodan Vuksanović
Energy and Mining Radomir Naumov
Finance Mlađan Dinkić (2004-06)
Foreign Affairs Vuk Drašković (2006)
Health Tomica Milosavljević (2004-06)
Interior Affairs Dragan Jočić
International Economic Relations Predrag Bubalo (2004-04)
Milan Parivodić
Justice Zoran Stojković
Labour, Employment and Social Affairs Slobodan Lalović
Public Administration and Local Self-Government Zoran Lončar
Religion Milan Radulović
Science and Environmental Protection Aleksandar Popović
Trade, Tourism and Services Bojan Dimitrijević
Secretary-General Dejan Mihajlov


Second cabinet (2007-2008)

Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Slobodan Milosavljević
Capital Investment Velimir Ilić
Culture Vojislav Brajović
Defence Dragan Šutanovac
Environmental Protection Saša Dragin
European Integrations Božidar Đelić
Diaspora Milica Čubrilo
Economy and Regional Development Mlađan Dinkić
Education Zoran Lončar
Energy and Mining Aleksandar Popović
Finance Mirko Cvetković
Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremić
Health Tomica Milosavljević
Interior Affairs Dragan Jočić
Justice Dušan Petrović
Kosovo and Metohija Slobodan Samardžić
Labour and Social Policy Rasim Ljajić
National Investment Plan Dragan Đilas
Public Administration and Local Self-Government Milan Marković
Religion Radomir Naumov
Science Ana Pešikan
Telecommunications and Information Society Aleksandra Smiljanić
Trade and Services Predrag Bubalo
Youth and Sports Snežana Samardžić-Marković
Secretary-General Dejan Mihajlov


Personal life

Koštunica lives with his wife and fellow lawyer, Zorica Radović, Ph.D. He is a member of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Koštunica loves dogs, and he has one called Zuca

References

  1. Koštunica: EU membership not on agenda
  2. Koštunica: Nikako ne potpisati SSP
  3. "SAA not in Serbia's state interests"
  4. Koštunica on SAA: Who dares to become accomplice
  5. Koštunica slams EU deal signing as anti-state
  6. Koštunica agrees with Lavrov: SAA long overdue
  7. "EU deal signature will be annulled"
  8. Koštunica: SAA breaking Serbia up
  9. DSS: EU deal signature, seal of Judas
  10. Koštunica says signed EU deal is forgery


Kostunica likes cats

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