Russia comes to mind when the problem is touched upon
While Serbia’s Socialist Party is supporting Slobodan Milosevic, who is currently imprisoned in the Hague, for the presidential post, the ex-president of Yugoslavia reshuffles the party leadership. And what is more, these counter-measures are taken against the background of a sharp rebuke from Slobodan Milosevic, who seems to see things clearly being in the Hague
Acting chairman of the Serbian Socialist Party Mirko Marjanovic was dismissed, and Milosevic appointed Bogoljub Belic to the post, NTVRu.com informs.
Slobodan Milosevic sent an open letter to members of the party to inform that a special organizational and political committee of the party with Belic at head will be created. The committee will consist of 33 members; the committee is designed “to keep in touch with members and leaders of the party, inform the people of Milosevic’s point of view, and tell the leader about the party’s current activities.”
Milosevic blames the party leadership for having lost their connection with the people and ordinary party members. Officials are preoccupied with their own egoistic interests and inter-factional wars, Milosevic says. The leader dislikes the situation, and as long as he is the Socialist Party leader, he will seek to improve the situation.
The reshuffling in the party was initiated when the Socialist Party's central committee ignored Milosevic’s will. Two weeks ago, Slobodan Milosevic recommended the party leadership to support Chairman of the Serbian Radical Party Vojislav Seselj, a candidate from patriotic forces, during the upcoming presidential election on September 29. He also recommended not to nominate a separate socialist candidate in order not to waste efforts. But the party ignored the recommendation and nominated famous actor Velimir-Bata Zivojinovic.
It is clear that, when things of this kind occur in the party, not everything is gone. It is worse when everything is quiet in a party that is called a people’s party, when party leaders are living rather peacefully and worry about their parliament seats only.
Unfortunately, the same can be said about Russia, where the central party of the country, its central committee, to be more precise, is currently living out its days. And this is the party (the Communist Party) that claims to be the main adversary of the anti-Russian regime. Currently, only the newspaper Zavtra and the communist leader believe in radicalism of the party.
Is it right that a party leader should be separated from the party to make the organization follow a previously declared objective and make its leadership less official and more concerned about people’s interests? It is certainly not right that only under catastrophic conditions the party leader started introducing order in the party and took measures to inform people of his will.
Pyotr Bely PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Maria Gousseva
Read the original in Russian: http://www.pravda.ru/main/2002/08/26/46222.html
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