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Former Yugoslav Opposition Leader Dies

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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BELGRADE, Serbia — 

Vuk Obradovic, a former Yugoslav army general who was one of the opposition leaders who toppled strongman Slobodan Milosevic, has died. He was 61.

As a young officer in the former Yugoslav army, Obradovic was one of the most promising generals in the once-mighty military of the Yugoslav federation.

But in 1992, shortly after Yugoslavia started disintegrating in a series of ethnic conflicts, Obradovic left the military and turned to private business.

He was the president and one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party, which was part of a multiparty coalition that ousted President Milosevic in 2000.

A year later, Obradovic became one of the vice-premiers in the first post-Milosevic government, but he was forced to resign over a sex scandal.

Obradovic left a wife and two sons. Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.

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