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Djindjic ally elected new Serb PM

Zivkovic
Parliament voted 128-100 to make Zivkovic Serbia's new premier.

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BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (CNN) -- Serbia's parliament has elected an associate of assassinated Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic to succeed him.

Zoran Zivkovic, a top official in the ruling Democratic Party, won Tuesday's parliamentary vote 128-100, with three lawmakers abstaining. The other 19 lawmakers in the 250-seat parliament were absent.

Djindjic was gunned down last Wednesday outside the main Serbian government building in Belgrade.

The Democratic Party's vice president, Cedomir Jovanovic, was appointed to the post of deputy prime minister.

Zivkovic has pledged to continue Djindjic's work fighting crime, reforming Serbia's economy and bringing war crimes suspects to justice.

"Zivkovic said that government's priorities at this moment are to first and foremost stamp out organized crime as well as draft a new Serbian constitution and create general political stability in the country for the benefit of the region," the government said in a written statement.

"He has also committed the government to the further building and preserving of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro as a condition for European and international integration.

"Zivkovic said that the government will continue the economic reforms that the late prime minister, Zoran Djindjic, started, as well as the privatization and transformation of the existing socially owned economy into a healthy and efficient one.

"The government will also focus on the reforms of health, education, pensions and the judiciary, particularly the commercial judiciary."

Zivkovic said Tuesday that more than 750 people have been taken into custody since Djindjic's assassination.

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Police have detained more than 750 people in the wake of Djindjic's murder, Zivkovic said.

On Monday, Serbian police raided the Belgrade home of Svetlana "Ceca" Raznatovic, 30, a well-known pop folk singer and the widow of the notorious warlord Arkan, who died in a hail of bullets in a Belgrade hotel in 2000.

Police detained Raznatovic and seized weapons and ammunition, the government said.

"Police continue their investigation into Svetlana Raznatovic's connection to the leaders of the Zemun criminal gang suspected of involvement in ... (Djindjic's) assassination," the government said.

There are media reports that Raznatovic has links to a top suspect in the killing -- Milorad Lukovic, also known as Legija -- named by the government as one of the leaders of the Zemun gang.

During the search of her house, police said they found "a large cache of weapons and ammunition," most of which "were hidden in a specially designed bullet-proof bunker."

The weapons included handguns and more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition, a crossbow, and military and police equipment such as sniper scopes and night-vision goggles, according to the Serbian government.

Police on Monday said they also arrested alleged Zemun gang members Zoran Vukojevic and Dragan Ninkovic.

"Vukojevic is a suspended police officer and chief of security of a Zemun gang leader, Dusan Spasojevic, a k a 'Siptar.' During the capture, the two suspects actively resisted arrest, but they were subdued and detained by members of special apprehension units," the government said.


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