Yugoslavia has a new President.
GV PAN Leaders seated around table (2 shots)
SV President Mijatovic shakes hands with Stanc Dolanc
SV PULL OUT TO GV President Mijatovic speaking
SV Stevan Doronski
CU General Franjo Herljevic
SV Stanc Dolanc speaking whilst others listen (2 shots)
CU Milos Minic
CU President Mijatovic speaking
CU Vladimir Bakaric
CU Dusan Dragosavac
CU PULL OUT TO SV General Nikola Ljubicic
GV Leaders around table
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Background: Yugoslavia has a new President. Mr. Cvijetin Mijatovic was elected on Thursday (15 May) by the Collective State Presidency to succeed Mr. Lazar Kolisevski, who has held the office since the death of Marshal Tito. Mr. Mijatovic will not hold all the posts held by Marshal Tito and under the Yugoslavian Constitution, will only be President for one year.
SYNOPSIS: Marshal Tito provided for his own succession with an intricate system of collective leadership. A body known as the Collective State Presidency took over the functions of President after Tito's death, and its nine members met on Thursday (15 May) to elect President Mijatovic. The new leader had not figured in Western speculation on who'd follow Tito, and it is unclear to what extent the Head of State will control the government during his year in office.
President Mijatovic inherits the task of maintaining the unity of an ethnically-diverse nation without inheriting Tito's concentrated power.
Stevan Doronski remains leader of the Yugoslav Communist party.
And General Franjo Herljevic, as Minister of the Interior, has control of Yugoslavia's secret police. Former Party Secretary, Stanc Dolanc, seen here addressing the State Presidency, is another influential figure. The State Presidency is meant to act as a joint body wherever possible, but it is believed that the important post of commander-in-chief of the armed forces will be held by the President.
Relations with the Soviet Union are a major concern for the leadership, who are keen to maintain yugoslavia's traditional position of "no patronage" from any other nation. Tackling Yugoslavia's growing economic problems will be another priority.
The experience of General Nikola Ljubicic, Minister of Defence for thirteen years, will clearly be an important ingredient as Yugoslavia moves into the post-Tito era.