Faction of Bosnian Serb party to break away over leadership row

BANJA LUKA, Jun 19, 2000 -- (AFP) A faction of the Serb People's Alliance (SNS) that opposes the party leadership of former Bosnian Serb president Biljana Plavsic announced Friday it would form a new party.

The inaugural assembly of the new party, to be named the Democratic People's Alliance (DNS), was set to take place Saturday, faction leader Drago Kalabic told Bosnian Serb radio.

He added that the new DNS had not excluded the possibility that it could enter the ruling coalition Sloga, of which SNS is a member.

At a special SNS party congress on June 3, Plavsic was ousted as leader in a no-confidence vote. Dragan Kostic was elected to replace her.

A court however refused Tuesday to register Kostic as the new SNS head, explaining that the no-confidence vote was invalid under the party's statutes a no-confidence vote because less than 50 percent of the total number of delegates supported it.

Of a total of 289 delegates, 129 voted to remove Plavsic as party head while 105 supported her.

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