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Serbian government has proposed that acting Serbian President declare state of emergency

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Belgrade, March 12, 2003 - The assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic has put in jeopardy the constitutional system and security in the country, the Serbian government has said at an extraordinary session today.

The government adopted a proposal for declaring a 'state of emergency' in the country in line with the Serbian Constitution and the Law on state of emergency.

1. The Serbian Government concluded that the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic has put in jeopardy the constitutional system and security in the country.

2. The constitutional system and security in the country is in jeopardy, which already has consequences for civil rights and freedoms, and the work of state institutions, which justifies the assumption that more serious consequences to the country's sovereignty, constitutional system and security could occur.

3. Conditions are such that a state of emergency must be declared, in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, article 83, item 8, and the Law on state of emergency, article 2, paragraph 1.

4. All government bodies must take immediate measures within their jurisdiction to end as quickly as possible the state of emergency.

5. The Army of Serbia and Montenegro will assume special powers of the Serbian Ministry of Interior to end as quickly as possible the state of emergency.

In line with the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, article 83, item 8, and the Law on state of emergency, articles 1 and 4, the Serbian government proposes that Acting Serbian President Natasa Micic declare a state of emergency on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, that the decision be submitted to the Serbian Parliament as well as the Serbian government, and be published in line with the law.