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Archive: Milosevic forced from power in Yugoslavia

On 5 October 2000, Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic was forced from power after a popular uprising.

In the previous month's election, despite denying the opposition alliance any time on state-controlled radio or television, President Milosevic was clearly defeated by the opposition leader, Vojislav Kostunica.

When the Federal Election Commission called for a second ballot, Yugoslavia came to a standstill.

A general strike and widespread demonstrations culminated in opposition supporters capturing Belgrade's parliament building and the headquarters of state television.

Milosevic announced his resignation in a televised address to the nation the following day. Brian Hanrahan reports.

First broadcast 5 October 2000.

  • 05 Oct 2010