Free elections

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 August, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 August, 2000, 12:00am
 

I regularly read the South China Morning Post, because sometimes, it sees events in Europe from a different angle.


However, I was taken aback by your article on the changes in the Yugoslav constitution headlined, 'Milosevic manoeuvres to retain power' (South China Morning Post, July 27). To call the Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic the 'demon of the Balkans', without giving any reasons for this, is not worthy of your paper.


In Yugoslavia there are going to be the most free and democratic presidential elections ever.


In most European countries, the president is elected directly by the people, not by the parliament.


So, why is it that when Yugoslavia amends its constitution in line with this European trend, it is called anti-democratic?


Western governments seem to have a serious problem accepting that Mr Milosevic is quite popular in Yugoslavia. They are calling next year's presidential elections undemocratic and invalid, because Mr Milosevic might win. The double standards being adopted in the West are very disturbing and unacceptable.


GREGOR KNEUSSEL


Vienna, Austria


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