BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Yugoslavia's Communist Party leadership today elected Lazar Mojsov, a Macedonian lawyer and former diplomat and journalist, president with a 12-month term of office as head of the 1.9 million member organization.
The party presidium elected Mojsov, 59, its president at a session in Zagreb, the capital of Croatian republic in western Yugoslavia where top party leaders gathered to attend a meeting commemorating a party conference held there in 1940.
Mojsov, who was elected to the 23-member policy-making presidium of the ruling party in June 1979, replaced Stevan Doronjski, 60, of Vojvodina province.
Doronjski's one-year term expired this month under a rotation system introduced by the late President Josip Broz Tito. The system is aimed at preventing the accumulation of power in one man's hands.
Mojsov joined the party in 1940 and the next year became an active supporter of Tito's guerrillas who fought the Nazi occupation troops.
After World War II, Mojsov was head of the party propaganda department in Macedonia, one of Yugoslavia's six constituent republics.
His posts included those as Macedonia's public prosecutor and supreme court president, director of the Nova Makedonija newspaper of Skopje, director and editor-in-chief of the Yugoslav official party newspaper Borba of Belgrade, Yugoslav ambassador to the Soviet Union, Austria and the United Nations in New York, and Yugoslav deputy foreign minister.
Mojsov was chairman of the U.N. General Assembly in 1977-78.