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Miroljub Labus in 2002
|Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia|
3 March 2004 - 3 May 2006
|Deputy Prime Minister of Yugoslavia|
4 November 2000 - 17 March 2003
|Born||28 February 1947|
Mala Krsna, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
|Political party||G17 Plus (2002-2006)|
Democratic Party (1990-1997)
|Alma mater||University of Belgrade|
Miroljub Labus (Serbian Cyrillic ; born 28 February 1947 in Mala Krsna, Yugoslavia) is a Serbian economist and politician. He is currently a University of Belgrade professor, lecturing political economy at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. He is also the owner of consulting firm Belox Advisory Service.
Labus was the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia from March 2004, serving under PM Vojislav Ko?tunica. He resigned on May 3, 2006, after EU suspended enlargement talks with Serbia over Ratko Mladi?. Labus also resigned from the position of President of G17 Plus.
Labus was born in Mala Krsna, near Smederevo, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia. He graduated from law school in 1970 from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. This was followed by two postgraduate qualifications in economics.
Labus began his career in academia as a university professor. In 1983, he was a Fulbright lecturer on the topic of Participation and Self-Management Systems. He has also been a guest lecturer at Cornell University.
Labus was a senior adviser at the Federal Statistics Bureau (Savezni zavod za statistiku) in Belgrade between 1986 and 1994. Since 1993, he has been a researcher at Belgrade's Economics Institute. He edited the Federal Bureau of Statistics's Economic Trend publication from 1990 to 1996, and the Belgrade Economics Institute's Economic Barometer from 1994 to 2000. Labus has also been involved with the National Bank of Yugoslavia and World Bank.
Already politically involved as a macroeconomic policy adviser to SFR Yugoslavia's federal government, university professor Labus joined the recently established Democratic Party (DS) in 1990.
In 1992, Labus was elected as MP to the FR Yugoslavia's federal parliament. While in this role, he was also a member of the parliamentary Monetary Policy Committee. In 1994, he was promoted to Vice-President of the Democratic Party under Zoran ?in?i?. He held this position until 1997.
In 1999, Labus became President of the Administrative Board of the G17 Plus movement. At this time, the G17 Plus movement was a lobby group focused on encouraging economic reforms within Serbia. G17 Plus soon become powerful, with significant public support. In 2000, he left the board of G17 Plus, taking up a position as Deputy Prime Minister of Yugoslavia and Minister for International Economic Relations (in the federal government following the overthrow of Slobodan Milo?evi?).
Leading up to the 2002 Serbian presidential elections, it was apparent that the current Serbian Prime Minister, Zoran ?in?i?, did not have the appeal to match Ko?tunica, another candidate. ?in?i? agreed to back Ko?tunica's former ally, Labus, as an alternative candidate. In the resulting election, Ko?tunica defeated Labus. However, the election did not gain the required 50% voter turnout and the results were declared void. Labus continued on in his position for another year.
Labus continued working with G17 Plus and, in late 2002, he began transforming the lobby group into a full-fledged centrist political party, becoming its President. After the elections of December 2003, Labus and his party formed a minority coalition with the Democratic Party of Serbia and several other minor parties, in order to keep ultra-nationalist Tomislav Nikoli? out of power. As a result, he retained his current positions. In 2006, Labus resigned from the position of President of G17 Plus party and left politics.