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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 1, No. 76, Part II, 18 July1997



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Headlines, Part II

*BELARUS SUSPENDS NEGOTIATIONS ON OSCE OFFICE IN MINSK


*UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT RATIFIES FRIENDSHIP TREATY WITH
ROMANIA

*ALBANIA'S BERISHA SET TO RESIGN

End Note
Trouble for Milosevic?

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EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE

BELARUS SUSPENDS NEGOTIATIONS ON OSCE OFFICE IN MINSK
Belarus on 18 July suspended negotiations with the Organisation for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to open an office in Minsk,
RFE/RL's Vienna correspondent reported. Belarus agreed in principle
in June to allow the OSCE to open an office which would assist and
advise in the promotion of democracy. Danish Foreign Minister Niels
Helveg Petersen told an RFE/RL correspondent he received a letter
from Belarus Foreign Minister Ivan Antanovich suspending
negotiations indefinitely. Antanovich wrote that the recent session in
Warsaw of the OSCE's parliamentary assembly invited only a
delegation from the parliament which was dissolved late last year by
President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. It did not invite a delegation
from the present parliament, hand-picked by Lukashenka. Petersen
said the OSCE is trying to persuade Belarus to reverse its decision and
allow the organization to open an office in Minsk.

BELARUSIAN POLICE DETAIN HIGH SCHOOL PROTESTERS. Police in
Minsk on 17 July clubbed and detained people demonstrating against
the planned closure of a high school, international media reported.
Several dozen students and parents gathered at a school to protest an
order by President Lukashenka to transfer the school building to the
management of the presidential staff. It was part of an order
transferring 22 buildings, housing cultural organizations, to
Lukashenka's control. Opponents of the order said it was an attempt
by Lukashenka to curb organizations objectionable to him.
Meanwhile, Lukashenka said on national TV on 17 July that
university entrants in Belarus will be required to write an essay
extolling the country's friendship with Russia. The essay can be
written in either Russian or Belarusian. Lukashenka reminded
university entrants that the exams are being carried out under his
personal supervision.

BELARUSIAN PRIME MINISTER REPORTEDLY RESIGNS. A high-
ranking source in the Belarusian government, who preferred to
remain anonymous, told Interfax on 17 July that Belarusian Prime
Minister Sergei Ling has submitted a letter of resignation to
President Lukashenka. The source reported that Ling said the reason
he wants to resign is that he is reaching retirement age; he turned 60
on 7 May. However, analysts in Minsk say economic difficulties
aggravated by the flooding in Central Europe may have been one of
the reasons. Ling was appointed acting prime minister by a
presidential decree last November

UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT RATIFIES FRIENDSHIP TREATY WITH
ROMANIA. The Ukrainian parliament on 17 July ratified a friendship
treaty with Romania, Reuters reported. The treaty, signed on 2 June
by Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and Romanian President Emil
Constantinescu, confirms the existing borders between the countries
and Ukraine's authority over the territories lost by Romania before
World War Two. The treaty had already been ratified by the
Romanian parliament. Seventeen of 34 judges in Romania's Supreme
Court said on 16 July they had issued a challenge to the treaty,
contending that it violated the 1991 constitution proclaiming the
country as a "...unitary and indivisible state." The challenge had little
hope of success as it was submitted after Constantinescu signed the
treaty into law.

UKRAINE'S PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION POSTPONEMENT TO BE
DISCUSSED. The Ukrainian parliament will hold a special session on
28-29 August to discuss election legislation and a presidential
proposal to postpone next year's parliamentary balloting, lawmakers
decided on 17 July, Ukrainian Radio reported. Kuchma suggested in
June to put off the March 1998 parliamentary election for a year,
saying campaign concerns will prevent lawmakers from adopting
sorely needed economic reform legislation. He said recently that
holding the elections next March would "break society in pieces." The
postponement would be carried out by extending the parliament's
term from four years to five.

INFLATION, GDP IN UKRAINE FALL. Ukrainian National Bank
Chairman Viktor Yushchenko told a German-Ukrainian economic
seminar in Kyiv on 17 July that inflation amounted to 17.8% in
Ukraine during the past 12 months, Interfax reported. The figure is
the lowest since Ukraine proclaimed independence. Since June 1996,
the volume of capital markets has grown 75%, to $3 billion. Despite
achievements in financial stabilization, real gross domestic product is
not growing. A board member of Deutsche Bank Research, Axel
Siedenberg, told the seminar real GDP could shrink 3% this year due
to the slowness of structural reforms in Ukraine.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR ESTONIA. In a
letter received by Estonian President Lennart Meri on 16 July, British
Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed his recognition of Estonia's
aspirations to join the European Union and NATO, BNS reported on 17
July. Blair stressed the importance of Baltic security and the need to
develop bilateral cooperation, especially in security issues, between
Estonia and the United Kingdom. Blair said he hopes to continue
active cooperation between the two countries to speed up Estonia's
admission to the EU.

LITHUANIAN EUROPEAN MINISTER CRITICAL OF EU COMMISSION
RECOMMENDATION. Lithuanian Minister for European Affairs Laima
Andrikiene on 17 July told the European Union Ambassador to
Lithuania, Henrik Schmiegeliow, that the European Commission's
assessment of Lithuania's readiness to begin EU accession talks is
inaccurate. The minister argued there were errors in the assessment
of Lithuania's economic situation. Andrikiene noted that the
Lithuanian government will work hard to convince the EU that
Lithuania should be invited to EU expansion talks during the EU
Luxembourg summit in December. On 16 July Lithuanian Prime
Minister Gediminas Vagnorius also had voiced criticism of the
European Commission's assessment.

LATVIA'S EX-ENVIRONMENT MINISTER KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT.
Girts Lukins, a former Latvian environment protection and regional
development minister, was killed on 16 July when the car he was
driving hurled into a tractor, the Latvian Interior Ministry reported
on 17 July. Lukins was a minister in Valdis Birkavs' government.
When Birkavs resigned, Lukins joined the Diena stock company.

POLISH, CZECH AUTHORITIES WARN OF MORE FLOODS. More heavy
rain is predicted over flood-stricken areas of Poland and the Czech
Republic, prompting authorities in the region to take additional
emergency measures. In the Czech Republic, officials have released
water from several dams in expectation of more downpours. Polish
Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz put the army on alert and
appealed to people living near the Oder River to brace for more
floods, RFE/RL'S Warsaw correspondent reported. On 17 July, the
Polish parliament amended this year's state budget to allow the
government to borrow 5 billion zloty ($1.5 billion) from the Central
Bank and a further $300 million from the World Bank. In addition,
an aid program was passed to allow families affected by flooding
access to free medicines and low-interest loans for rebuilding.

POLAND PLANS TO BEGIN NATO TALKS IN SEPTEMBER. Polish Foreign
Minister Dariusz Rosati announced on 17 July that his country will
begin formal discussions on its admission into NATO in September.
Rosati set the date after receiving a letter from NATO Secretary-
General Javier Solana. The letter confirmed Poland's invitation to join
the alliance. North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders meeting in
Madrid on July 8-9 extended an invitation for NATO membership to
Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

CZECH FOREIGN MINISTER WARNS AGAINST EUROPEAN DIVISIONS.
Josef Zieleniec told journalists in Prague on 17 July that divisions
should not be allowed to arise in Europe between those countries
invited to join the European Union and NATO, and those that have
not yet been invited. He said there is a need to prevent the
impression that the countries which have been included in a first
wave of accession talks are now turning their backs on rejected
applicants. Zieleniec said he would discuss this issue in Prague on 18
July with the foreign ministers of Poland and Hungary. All three
countries have been invited to open talks with NATO and have been
named as front-runners for talks on joining the EU. He said it is
important to make use of all tools for cooperation with those states
not invited to be in the first wave.

SLOVAKIA REACTS TO EU ASSESSMENT. A foreign ministry statement
on 17 July said the recent assessment of the situation in Slovakia by
the European Union Commission does not "fully depict the real state
of political life" in the country. The European Commission on 16 July
said that the country's political reforms are not far enough advanced
to allow its inclusion in a first round of EU enlargement talks. It said
the government of Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar had insufficient
regard for the constitution, the rights of the opposition, and for
Slovakia's ethnic Hungarian minority. Meciar said on Slovak
Television that the Commission's assessment is not a "catastrophe."
He noted a final decision on a first group of EU invitees will be made
by EU heads of state in December. Both the opposition and President
Michal Kovac have harshly criticized the government. Kovac said in a
radio speech that the Meciar government had foiled the hopes of the
Slovak people.

HUNGARY PLEDGES FLOOD AID TO NEIGHBORS. The Hungarian
government on 17 July pledged 350 million forints ( $1.8 million) in
disaster relief for Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Reuters
reported from Budapest. Government spokesman Elemer Kiss told
reporters that the government decided to provide food and
pharmaceuticals worth 250 million forints and an additional 100
million forints to cover other expenses, such as transportation. Kiss
told reporters that Polish Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz
told his Hungarian counterpart Gyula Horn in a telephone
conversation that the floods in his country were the most severe "not
of the century, but of the millennium."



SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

ALBANIA'S BERISHA SET TO RESIGN. President Sali Berisha said in
Tirana on 17 July that he wants to convene the newly elected
parliament in order to present his resignation to that body. He
charged, however, that the Socialists' election victory "has its roots in
violence, terror, assassination attempts and killings, [which were]
organized by the victors before and during the election campaign."
Berisha also argued that the Socialists manipulated voters' desire for
compensation from their losses in collapsed pyramid schemes. He
predicted, however, that the Socialists will soon lose support among
the population. Before the election, Berisha promised to resign if his
party lost the vote. He cannot legally hold both the presidency and
the parliamentary seat he won in the 29 June elections. He and the
Socialists blame each other for the delay in convening the new
legislature.

VRANITZKY WARNS AGAINST ALBANIAN SECURITY VACUUM. Franz
Vranitzky, the OSCE's chief envoy to Albania, said in Vienna on 17
July that the planned withdrawal of foreign troops by mid-August
could lead to a "security vacuum." He suggested that NATO could
avoid that possibility by maintaining a training mission "within the
Partnership for Peace program." He stressed that "of all [Albanian]
institutions, the police and army deserve special mention. They will
have the primary responsibility of tackling security problems." The
WEU has been helping to rebuild the police force. Vranitzky also
warned both the winners and the losers in the June elections that
they must face up to "their democratic responsibilities. Should this
not happen, should they return to their old games, the international
community will not be willing to cooperate" and will leave the
Albanians to their own devices.

SERBIAN OPPOSITION WANTS SESELJ OUT OF PUBLIC LIFE.
Opposition politicians and human rights activists said in Belgrade on
17 July that nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj should be banned
from public life and the media, an RFE/RL correspondent reported
from the Serbian capital. The call came after an incident the previous
night at the studios of BK Television, during which Seselj's body
guards severely beat up human rights lawyer Nikola Barovic. Media
accounts of the incident differ in details, but "Nasa Borba" of 18 July
quotes Seselj as telling Barovic: "consider yourself a dead man."
During the broadcast, Seselj insulted Barovic, who threw water in the
politician's face. The beating took place after the broadcast.
Opposition spokesmen regretted that BK Television did not report the
beating in its newscast.

BULATOVIC CALLS FOR EARLY ELECTIONS IN MONTENEGRO.
President Momir Bulatovic told Belgrade's BK Television on 17 July
that Montenegro's ongoing political crisis has become so serious that
the only way out is to hold new elections. Bulatovic appears to have
lost the power struggle within the governing party, and elections
might be his only hope of not becoming completely marginalized. In
Budva, parliament speaker Svetozar Marovic said that newly elected
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is "our reality." Marovic, who
supports the anti-Milosevic faction of Prime Minister Milo
Djukanovic, added, however, that "the future clearly belongs to
democratic norms, an open society, and radical reforms." And in
Podgorica, the Montenegrin government criticized recent pro-
Milosevic statements and actions by Zoran Knezevic, the federal
Yugoslav justice minister, who is from Montenegro. The statement
stopped short of demanding his resignation, the Belgrade daily
"Danas" reported on 18 July.

CLINTON SAYS DAYTON AGREEMENT MUST BE DEFENDED. U.S.
President Bill Clinton said in Washington on 17 July that NATO
peacekeepers' mission in Bosnia will come to an end in mid-June
1998 as planned. He added, however, that "none of us wants to see
Bosnia revert to what happened before we started [the mission]. And
none of us wants to see the extraordinary efforts, which had to be
made by the United States and our allies in NATO, have to be made
all over again a few years from now because Bosnia goes back into
war." He did not elaborate as to what kind of NATO or other
international presence he might envision for Bosnia after the end of
SFOR's mandate, however. Clinton added there is no evidence that the
attack on a U.S. soldier on 16 July on Bosnian Serb territory had
anything to do with NATO's recent actions against indicted Bosnian
Serb war criminals.

ANOTHER EXPLOSION IN THE REPUBLIKA SRPSKA. A bomb damaged
the home of a U.N. police monitor in northwest Bosnia on 18 July in
what has become a daily series of explosions, which some observers
believe may be aimed at intimidating foreigners in the Republika
Srpska. The previous night, posters of Radovan Karadzic went up in
Banja Luka, with captions such as: "Don't touch him," "He means
peace," and "He is freedom." Bosnian Serb radio reported that citizens
have given a "spontaneous response" to recent NATO actions against
indicted war criminals by refusing to serve foreigners in restaurants
and shops. In Banja Luka, British SFOR officials say they have handed
over to local police the suspects in the latest grenade attack on
British troops (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 17 July 1997). In Washington,
State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns on 17 July repeated the
SFOR's official position that there is no evidence that the recent anti-
foreign incidents are related.

BOSNIAN SERB MEDIA CALLED "RACIST AND DISHONEST." In
Sarajevo, spokesmen for international organizations on 17 July called
recent trends in the Bosnian Serb media "racist and dishonest," an
RFE/RL correspondent reported from the Bosnian capital. The
spokesmen referred specifically to coverage of international
organizations and of embattled Republika Srpska President Biljana
Plavsic. In Pale, the office of Momcilo Krajisnik, the Serbian member
of the Bosnian joint presidency, issued a statement saying the
Bosnian Serb authorities must work together with SFOR to prevent
current tensions from getting out of hand. Krajisnik's office also
stressed the importance of implementing the Dayton agreement,
including the smooth functioning of joint institutions. Krajisnik had
met earlier with Gen. William Crouch, the commander of SFOR.

CROATIA WANTS SPEEDY RETURN OF REFUGEES. Development
Minister Jure Radic said in Zagreb on 17 July that he expects some
1,000 Serbs will leave eastern Slavonia for their old homes
elsewhere in Croatia "by the end of next week." He added, however,
that he will demand that Jacques Klein, the UN's chief administrator
in the area, enable 10,000 of the 80,000 Croats who fled eastern
Slavonia during Serb rule to return within three weeks. Also in the
Croatian capital, Cardinal Vinko Puljic and three other Roman Catholic
bishops from Bosnia-Herzegovina called for strict implementation of
the Dayton agreement. They stressed the right of all refugees to go
home, an RFE/RL correspondent reported from Zagreb. And
elsewhere in that city, a major fire broke out in the Student Center
and spread to the railway yard, disrupting international and
domestic traffic in and out of the main train station.

ROMANIAN PRESIDENT IN INDONESIA. President Emil Constantinescu
on 18 July began in Jakarta discussions with his Indonesian
counterpart, Suharto, Radio Bucharest reports. Constantinescu is
paying a three-day visit to Indonesia during which he will discuss
bilateral political and economic relations. Radio Bucharest and AFP
reported that at the outset of the visit on 17 July, Constantinescu was
"disagreeably surprised" by the display of portraits of his wife,
alongside his own, in the Indonesian capital. At his requests, the
portraits of Nadia Constantinescu were removed by the hosts, who
explained that this was part of the "official protocol." An AFP
reporter in Jakarta commented that "Several years after the fall of
Ceausescu, Romania still suffers from the 'Elena syndrome.' " Elena
Ceausescu was dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's spouse and, like her
husband, the subject of a "cult of personality." Nadia Constantinescu
is accompanying her husband as a private person.

ROMANIAN DEFENSE MINISTER ON MILITARY REFORM. At a press
conference in Bucharest on 17 July, Defense Minister Victor Babiuc
said his country's armed forces were too large, though under the
limits imposed by a November 1995 Vienna treaty on armament
reductions. Babiuc said the Madrid NATO summit decision means
Romanian defense expenditure will have to grow rather than be
reduced, and that he plans to ask the government for an increase in
the ministry's share of the budget. He also said Russia has recently
suggested to Bucharest that the countries renew military
technological cooperation and conclude a military treaty. He said that
"just as NATO can not ignore Russia, neither can Romania do so, the
more so as it is a country in our immediate vicinity," RFE/RL's
Bucharest bureau reported.

ROMANIAN INFORMATION SERVICES DENY LINKS WITH SWISS SPY.
Spokesmen for both Romanian information services denied on 18
July any involvement with a Swiss diplomat arrested for spying for
Romania (See "RFE/RL Newsline," 17 July 1997). The director of the
Foreign Intelligence Service, Gen. Ioan Talpes, said his service "is not
and was never involved in any activity of espionage against
Switzerland," the independent Mediafax agency reported. The agency
also cited a spokesman for the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI)
who said that SRI's activities concentrate on the defense of Romania's
internal security and that it is "in no way linked with such activities,
the more so as we speak of a friendly country."

MOLDOVAN PARLIAMENTARY CRISIS. The Moldovan parliament on
17 July dismissed Dumitru Diacov as deputy chairman of the
legislature. Diacov, who is close to President Petru Lucinschi, had
repeatedly called for early elections to overcome the parliament's
reluctance to pass legislation on reforms urged by the president. The
move is apparently a retaliation by deputies who were unable earlier
on the same day to gather enough support in the house for the
election of Andrei Diaconu as the second deputy chairman of the
parliament. The Socialist-Unity-Edinstvo faction made its support of
Diaconu conditional on the dismissal of Diacov. The removal of Diacov
was proposed by the parliament's chairman, Dumitru Motpan. Some
opposition members also voted in favor. Diacov told Infotag that the
vote was forged by Motpan.

IMF RELEASES NEW INSTALLMENT FOR MOLDOVAN LOAN. The IMF
on 17 July approved the release of the third installment of Moldova's
three-year extended fund facility loan, which carries a total value of
about $ 181 million. The drawing is for some $ 21 million and was
approved after a review of Moldova's economic performance, an
RFE/RL correspondent in Washington reported. The IMF's Executive
Board said it welcomes the recent intensification of economic reform
efforts but cautioned the government not to neglect its "effective
implementation." An IMF mission will visit Chisinau next week to
continue the "regular dialogue" with the authorities.

BULGARIAN PRESIDENT WANTS OWN SECRET POLICE FILE OPEN TO
PUBLIC. Petar Stoyanov says he wants his communist era secret
police file to be opened to the public. He told reporters in Sofia on 17
July that although a draft law under debate in the parliament would
not cover him, he wants his file made public even before the law
takes effect. The parliament begins debating the draft on 18 July.
The law would open to the public the files of all members of
parliament, ministers, top government officials and high ranking
judges. The opposition Socialist Party said it would vote against the
new law on "national security grounds," an RFE/RL Sofia
correspondent reported. Deputy premier Vesselin Metodiev, a
historian who briefly served as head of the State Archives in 1992,
said about 250,000 Bulgarians were recruited as secret police
informers.

END NOTE

TROUBLE FOR MILOSEVIC?

By Patrick Moore


Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic stands poised to assume the
federal Yugoslav presidency in a few days. He probably will be able
to transfer his power and authority he has personally accumulated to
his new job, but some of his former allies in Montenegro could make
things difficult for him.
        On 15 July, both houses of the federal Yugoslav parliament
elected Milosevic to succeed Zoran Lilic by overwhelming margins.
The regime-controlled media spoke of an "historic event," and
orchestrated congratulatory telegrams poured in from around the
country.
        On closer examination, however, the victory seems less than
remarkable. Parties controlled by Milosevic or his wife, Mirjana
Markovic, easily commanded the necessary legislative majorities. A
further advantage was that Milosevic ran unopposed, because
obedient parliamentary committees ruled on 14 July that the five
other declared candidates had not been legally registered for the
contest. And in any event, the absence of opponents may not have
made much difference, since the Serbian opposition has been so
prone to in-fighting that it almost always plays into Milosevic's
hands.
        What was surprising, however, was the speed with which the
election was held. Critics charged that the vote should have taken
place legally only the following week, most likely on 23 July, RFE/RL
correspondents reported from Belgrade. Instead, Milosevic
supporters forced the election through early.
        Furious opposition politicians claimed that Milosevic had stolen
the election. But some of them told RFE/RL that Milosevic was
behaving like "the dictator and autocrat he always was," and that the
vote should come as no surprise. In any event, at least some
opposition figures felt that Milosevic had left himself open for a legal
challenge and filed a suit in the courts against his election.
        The question remains as to why Milosevic resorted to dubious
tactics in order to secure an election that had long been regarded as a
foregone conclusion. After all, it had long been clear that the Serbian
constitution barred him from another term as Serbian president, and
that the Yugoslav constitution similarly banned Lilic from running
for re-election. Pundits had been arguing for perhaps a year that
Milosevic would stay in power by becoming Yugoslav president and
transferring his massive powers to his new office, which had been a
figurehead position under Lilic.
        Milosevic was forced to change tactics quickly. In recent
months, a revolt had been brewing in the once-docile Montenegrin
leadership. President Momir Bulatovic and his Democratic Socialist
Party (DPS) owed their power to Milosevic and his Socialist Party of
Serbia (SPS), but, as the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" put it,
"some of the puppets began to assume a life of their own."
        The reason was that Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and his
leading allies such as Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic had come to the
conclusion that ties to Milosevic had become a political liability for
Montenegro and for themselves. The tiny mountainous republic lives
primarily from tourism and shipping, and Djukanovic, whose fortune
is widely believed to come from war-profiteering, would like to set
up a huge free-trade zone. But Milosevic's policies have kept
Yugoslavia politically and economically isolated, thereby thwarting
any hopes of Montenegro overcoming its poverty.
        The revolt reached a new stage on 11 July, when the DPS
Steering Committee voted to dump Bulatovic as party chief and
replace him with Pejanovic-Djurisic. Five days later, when Bulatovic
tried to enter party and government offices while the Steering
Committee was meeting, security guards turned him away. Some
observers at home and abroad wrote that Bulatovic might be able to
start up his own new party, but that he could not expect to be re-
elected to the presidency. In short, Milosevic's enemies appeared
triumphant in Montenegro.
        The mountain republic's political leadership was slated to meet
on 22 July to make a final decision on how Montenegrin deputies in
the federal Yugoslav parliament should vote in the presidential ballot
expected on 23 July. Milosevic apparently decided not to take any
chances with possible Montenegrin opposition in the presidential
vote and held the election more than a week early. Once again, as so
often in his 10-year career, he showed himself to be a master of
tactics, but this time his shift resulted from weakness.
        Nor is Montenegro his only problem. In recent weeks, he has
been tightening his grip on Kosovo through a well-publicized visit to
the region and through show-trials of ethnic Albanian "terrorists." In
Sandzak, which connects Kosovo to Bosnia and has a slight Muslim
majority, he has purged the administration of its main town, Novi
Pazar. International isolation and a catastrophic domestic economy,
moreover, will continue to confront him.
        But it is Montenegro that poses the greatest immediate
potential problem. Federal legislators from that republic -- and
perhaps even from Serbia -- may well block Milosevic from
weakening the legal prerogatives of the republics in order to
strengthen those of the federal presidency. RFE/RL correspondents
report from around Yugoslavia that the best Milosevic may be able to
hope for is to remain the source of real power while not enjoying the
formal and legal attributes of authority.





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