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Friday, 13 October, 2000, 13:29 GMT
Milosevic's inner circle
With Slobodan Milosevic now ousted from power, what will become of his inner circle, the men and women who supported him over the past 13 years?

Milan Milutinovic and the Socialist Party:

Milan Milutinovic's destiny is linked to Mr Milosevic's future
Since its formation as the successor to the League of Communists in 1990, the Socialist Party (SPS) has been dominated by Mr Milosevic. His closest associates include Milan Milutinovic, whose election as president of Serbia in 1997 was surrounded by controversy, and Nikola Sainovic, deputy prime minister in the outgoing Yugoslav government, who has often acted as Mr Milosevic's de facto spokesman.

As two of the four senior officials indicted for war crimes along with President Milosevic, the destinies of Mr Sainovic and Mr Milutinovic are linked inextricably to Mr Milosevic's future.

There are doubts if Mr Milutinovic will serve out the two years still remaining of his five-year term.

For his part, Mr Sainovic has been keeping a low profile since the uprising.

Mira Markovic and JUL:

Ex-president Milosevic's wife, Mira Markovic, is also the leader of the small but until now very influential Yugoslav United Left (JUL), the Socialists' main coalition ally. The JUL mixes neo-communist rhetoric with control over the key levers of the economy and public life.
Mira Markovic
Mr Milosevic's wife, Mira Markovic
Since the uprising a large number of JUL officials in charge of businesses and public institutions have been forced to resign by their workforce.

Ms Markovic is believed to be holed up with her husband in their palatial residence in Belgrade. Her son Marko Milosevic, is now reportedly in Russia, after he was refused entry to China following the Belgrade revolt.

Meanwhile, there are signs that the socialists want to dump JUL as allies because they see JUL and Ms Markovic as a serious electoral liability.

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    Momir Bulatovic and the Montenegrins:

    Mr Milosevic's most senior Montenegrin ally, Momir Bulatovic has now resigned as Yugoslavia's Prime Minister - though his departure would have come about in any case as part of the formation of a new government.

    A former president of Montenegro, Mr Bulatovic was defeated by the anti-Milosevic forces in the Montenegrin presidential race and, as a compensation, he was appointed prime minister by Mr Milosevic.

    Mr Bulatovic's previously strongly pro-Milosevic Socialist People's Party of Montenegro is now expected to switch sides to join Mr Kostunica's supporters in a new Yugoslav government.

    Vojislav Seselj and the Radicals:

    The Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the ultra-nationalist Radical Party, which joined Mr Milosevic's coalition government in 1988, helping to steer it towards confrontation in Kosovo.

    Vojislav Seselj
    Vojislav Seselj: Could switch to opposition
    In recent months there have been increasing signs of strain between the two coalition partners; and the Radicals had their own candidate running in the presidential election.

    Since the presidential elections Mr Seselj has distanced himself even further from Mr Milosevic by agreeing with the opposition's claim that their candidate, Vojislav Kostunica won the elections.

    Mr Seselj appears to be positioning himself so that he can switch his support from Mr Milosevic to Mr Kostunica if the balance of power shifts. But he is concerned that early elections will wipe out his party in the Serbian parliament - as the elections at the federal Yugoslav level did last month.

    The Karic brothers and the business oligarchy:

    Bogoljub Karic and his brothers have emerged in the past decade as among the most successful operators in an economic environment overshadowed by war and sanctions.

    The Karic brothers and other wealthy executives have formed a symbiotic relationship with Mr Milosevic's regime in which political favours and business operating licences are exchanged for cash and where ministers often have senior business appointments.

    Bogoljub Karic has been in Moscow in recent days, giving rise to unconfirmed reports that the Karic family may be transferring their operations to Russia.

    General Dragoljub Ojdanic and the army:

    Yugoslav Defence Minister Ojdanic
    General Dragoljub Ojdanic: Indicted for war crimes
    Elevated by Mr Milosevic to the post of Defence Minister, General Ojdanic is among those indicted for war crimes.

    He's not been seen in public since the Belgrade uprising. However, his successor as chief-of-staff, General Nebojsa Pavkovic, played a key role in forcing Mr Milosevic - at gunpoint - to concede defeat to Mr Kostunica.

    In spite of this, General Pavkovic is unlikely to stay in his post for long because he is seen as having been associated with Mr Milosevic for too long; key figures in Mr Kostunica's camp have already demanded the General's replacement.

    Vlajko Stojiljkovic and the police:

    Vlajko Stojiljkovic, senior minister of the Interior
    Vlajko Stojiljkovic: Can he control the police?
    Mr Stojiljkovic, Serbia's former Minister of the Interior, senior SPS figure and war crimes indictee, is one of the most senior figures to have resigned his ministerial post in the current crisis.

    Previously he presided over a police force that has had resources lavished on it during the Milosevic era.

    Serbia's Prime Minister, Mirko Marjanovic, has now taken over the Interior Minister's functions - but many sections of the police appear to owe their loyalty now to the new regime under President Kostunica.

    Other units are probably still behind Mr Milosevic. One of the key figures is Rade Markovic, the head of the security police, who is a close friend of the presidential couple.

    He has escorted Marko Milosevic and other figures in the old establishment to Belgrade airport to oversee their safe departure.

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