chapter  6
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Unwanted independence—the fate of Macedonia and Bosnia- Herzegovina

The Tenth Congress of the League of Communists of Macedonia took place in Skopje, 26-28 November 1989. The old dogmatic party leadership, which had held to a largely pro-Serbian course, was voted out of office at this congress. The new Macedonian party chief was Petar Gošev, a younger man trained in economics, who had served as a functionary in the trade union movement. Even if some of the old functionaries continued in office, especially in the federal organs, the dominance of the old Lazar Koliševski and his people was, with this outcome, at an end. With this, Macedonia joined the reformist camp in Yugoslavia; indeed, Macedonia would soon find itself on a confrontation course with Milošević.