Yugoslavian leader Ante Markovic dies

November 28th, 2011 - 8:47 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Zagreb, Croatia, Nov 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Ante Markovic, the last leader of former Yugoslavia, has passed away at the age of 87 years. Family members say the former Prime Minister died suddenly on Monday morning. There has been no official announcement of the cause of his death although several reports say he suffered from a mild cold.

Markovic who was born in Bosnia was a Croat and the last Prime Minister of Yugoslavia. As the former Soviet nation started disintegrating along ethnic lines in the early 1990s, Markovic tried desperately to resist it but he was defeated. He was Prime Minister from 1989 to 1991.

He is regarded for launching various ambitious programs which was aimed at helping the state to get back to its former days. His political style made him the darling of the country’s liberals who wanted the country to join the European bloc.

In 2003, the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague called Markovic as a prosecuting witness in the trial against the former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic. During the hearing, Markovic said before he resigned in December 1991, Milosevic and then Croatian leader Franjo Tudjman came to him and saying they have reached an agreement on diving the nation between the Serb and Croat lines.

Markovic was survived by his wife and two children – a son and a daughter.

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