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49 In Croatia, where elections took place two weeks after Slovenia, the choice of electoral system was extremely important, given that some 25 percent of the population was not Croat, that nearly 12 percent of the population was Serb, and that Serb political representation had been a prominent feature of the Communist system. In retrospect, therefore, the system that was selected, namely a majoritarian, first-past-the-posts system, was not best suited to the republic. It was, however, deliberately chosen by the Communists, now calling themselves the Party of Democratic Change, in the mistaken belief that they would be its beneficiaries.
At the end of September the battle was won and Pavlović expelled. Three months later, Stambolić resigned as president of Serbia, and Milošević replaced him with one of his allies. In a book published a year later in Zagreb (because no Serbian publisher was prepared to touch it), Pavlović wrote prophetically: “If a nation adopts the right to be angry, how can it deny the same right to another? ”42 With Pavlović out of the way, Milošević further purged Serbia’s League of Communists and media to silence all remaining dissenting voices.
In August 1983, the Slovene writer Ciril Zlobec wrote an emotionally loaded critique of the core curriculum in the official Slovene newspaper Delo. . 31 Another Slovene writer, Janez Menart, calculated that according to the core proposal a Serbo-Croatian speaking primary school pupil would read only three Slovene poems, whereas a Slovene-speaking pupil would read more than thirty-five Serbo-Croatian poems. 32 Defenders of the core noted that it was to cover only half of the literature curriculum.