Zoran Lilić

Zoran Lilić
Зоран Лилић
2nd President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
In office
25 June 1993  23 July 1997
Prime Minister Radoje Kontić
Preceded by Dobrica Ćosić
Succeeded by Slobodan Milošević
3rd President of the National Assembly of Serbia
In office
25 January 1993  29 June 1993
Preceded by Aleksandar Bakočević
Succeeded by Zoran Aranđelović
Personal details
Born (1953-08-27) 27 August 1953
Brza Palanka, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Political party Socialist Party of Serbia

Zoran Lilić (Serbian Cyrillic: Зоран Лилић; born 27 August 1953) is a Serbian politician. He served as President of the National Assembly of Serbia in 1993 and as President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1993 to 1997.

He was born to a Serb father and a Romanian mother. He finished primary and secondary school in his native village. He graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Technology and worked in the rubber factory "Rekord" in Rakovica. After twelve years of performing various duties, he was appointed director general.

He was an MP of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) in the National Assembly of Serbia, and then he became the Speaker of the National Assembly. He was named president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia after Dobrica Ćosić was forced to resign. He remained at the forefront of Third Yugoslavia until 1997, though it was generally understood he was a puppet for Serbian president Slobodan Milošević.

In 1994, Lilić called on the "extreme fractions in RS and RSK to stop holding the entire Serbian people hostage."

In 1997, Milošević was termed out of the Serbian presidency, and was elected to the federal presidency. Lilić became the SPS candidate to succeed Milošević as president of Serbia. After the unsuccessful second round with Vojislav Šešelj he became vice president of the Federal Government in the cabinet of Momir Bulatović, and he remained on this duty until April 1999. year when he was appointed advisor to the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević for economic relations with Croatia. At that time he performed the functions of chairman of Jugotransport and the president of Chess Association of Yugoslavia. He left SPS in 2000 founded the Serbian Socialdemocratic Party, which he claims to be following the idea of Svetozar Marković. His party did not have success in election.

Lilić involved himself in attempting to sort out the HIV trial in Libya, where four Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor were sentenced to death for allegedly infecting Libyan babies with the HIV virus. Lilić reportedly falsely posed as an envoy or messenger of the Bulgarian president, Georgi Parvanov.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
Dobrica Ćosić
President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Succeeded by
Slobodan Milošević
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