By Good News Network
Sunday, October 01, 2000
For the first time in history the Serbian people have a president
chosen by themselves in free elections. Vojislav Kostunica, 56,
defeated Slobodan Milosevic by a wide margin and, despite Milosevic’s
attempts to circumvent the election results, was sworn in as president
on September 30, 2000.
The world watched in amazement
as a half million Serbs, answering opposition party calls to march on
Belgrade, forced Milosevic to relinquish control of the country he had
ruled as dictator for 13 years.
Despite the outpouring of discontent, and a plethora of weapons
gathered from captured police stations, only two died and fewer than
100 were injured in the riots that overtook Milosevic strongholds like
the Parliament building and Serbian State Television headquarters.
Kostunica assumed power in an inaugural ceremony at a shopping mall that substituted for the smoldering parliament.
“This is a great moment for our country,” he declared. “After all the suffering this may bring us peace.”
Fueled by weariness of losses through three wars in Bosnia, Croatia,and
Kosovo, the Serbian people finally flooded the streets in celebration