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Saturday, 15 April, 2000, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
Belgrade rejects opposition election calls

The Serbian government has rejected calls for early elections by opposition leaders at a rally in Belgrade yesterday.

The Serbian information minister, Aleksandar Vucic, said they would not call elections, as he put it it, at someone's whim.

Mr Vucic said elections for the Serbian parliament would be held on schedule, next year.

He also dismissed opposition claims that the turnout of around one-hundred-thousand represented a clear demand for change.

Mr Vucic said he was now even more confident than before that the governing parties would win forthcoming elections -- beginning with local and federal elections this year.

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