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Vojislav Koštunica (Serbian Cyrillic: Војислав Коштуница, pronounced  ( listen); born 24 March 1944) is a Serbian politician, statesman and the president of the Democratic Party of Serbia. He was the last President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, succeeding Slobodan Milošević and serving from 2000 to 2003. He also served two terms as the Prime Minister of Serbia, from 2004 to 2007 and from 2007 to 2008.

Born in Belgrade, Koštunica graduated from the University of Belgrade's Law School with a Ph.D.. He lost his job as Professor of Law at that institution in 1974, after criticizing Josip Broz Tito's communist regime. In 1989, he became one of the founders of the Democratic Party. He left the Democratic Party in July 1992 over opposing views in leadership and formed the Democratic Party of Serbia.

Koštunica is a conservative politician with strong anti-communist views. Supported by both nationalist's and reformers, the Democratic Opposition of Serbia backed him in the presidential election of September 2000. After turbulent events of October 2000, Koštunica was declared the winner of the election and served as president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until February 2003, when the state was replaced by Serbia and Montenegro and the position he held was abolished. Koštunica opposed the extradition of his predecessor, Slobodan Milošević, and has stated his opposition to the Hague Tribunal several times, refusing in practice to arrest Serbian War criminals sought by that Tribunal.

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