Berserkistan Navigator SDS Tries to Explain
Karadzicís Departure

Ď...the election rules are against us and the
organizer will do everything to rig the elections"

óSDS Party Statement on Karadzicís Resignation

Radovan Karadzic PALE, Bosnia, July 19 (Reuters) - Explaining Radovan Karadzic's departureas its party head today, the SDS said in a statement he had reluctantly quit his post as party chief and agreed not to stand in post-elections to ensure electoral success for his hardline nationalist party in a country-wide vote in September.

"We have resisted every time resistance gave more results than submission would have done," said the statement released from Serb headquarters in Pale, a village outside Sarajevo. "This time, in the view of President Karadzic, resisting would achieve less, because the election rules are against us and the organizer will do everything to rig the elections," the party said.

The SDS statement tried to put the best face on Karadzic's decision, which followed pressure from U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke on Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, patron of the Bosnian Serbs. Striking a hostile tone, the SDS accused the international community of trying to promote opposition "puppet parties" and dismantle the Bosnian Serb republic, which covers half of Bosnia.

The SDS alleged that all votes sent in from refugees living abroad would be "forged at our expense" and urged Serbs to return to Bosnia to cast their votes to prevent the reunification of Bosnia.

"President Karadzic's view is that everyone must vote at the elections, and vote for the SDS, in order to prevent puppet and Muslim parties from getting the one-third of the vote they need to drown the Bosnian Serb republic in Bosnia-Herzegovina." Karadzic has appointed loyal hardliners to replace him as political leader and party chief, ensuring the dominant SDS will continue to promulgate its ultra-nationalist ideology in the election campaign.

The statement confirmed that Aleksa Buha, Bosnian Serb foreign minister, would replace Karadzic as head of the party. But the SDS left open the possibility Karadzic would try to reassert himself after the poll as the statement said Buha would lead the SDS "through the elections."

The statement said the party was "more powerful than ever before" and predicted a SDS victory in the September elections, which are supposed to create joint ethnic bodies to govern a re-unifed Bosnia. "International pressures prevent President Karadzic from addressing the Serb people, but we would like to inform the public that the SDS knows what it is doing, that it has seen through the intentions of our enemies, and will avoid all traps and triumph at the elections."

To learn more...
Berserkistan, July 19 · Karadzic Resigns, but Holbrooke Fails to Secure Serbís Arrest
Berserkistan, July 19 · Karadzic Ouster is Partial Victory for Holbrooke
Berserkistan, July 19 · NATO and IFOR Partners Welcome Karadzic Resignation
Berserkistan, July 19 · Bosnian Serbs Pledge to Protect Radivan Karadzic
Berserkistan, July 19 · SDS Party Will be Certified for Bosnian Election


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