Bosnian Serb president dissolves parliament

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The Bosnian Serb president yesterday dissolved parliament, which is dominated by her rivals - allies of the war-crime suspect Radovan Karadzic. But the legislature was likely to defy her and further escalate tensions. Mrs Plavsic said her decree was justified because "the functioning of legal order ... is in a serious crisis in almost all fields." She said the police were "organising criminal activities", she was being ignored by the government, and parliament had been "carrying out orders from the informal centres of power" - an allusion to Mr Karadzic. Parliament is scheduled to meet today in Karadzic's mountain stronghold of Pale, east of Sarajevo. .

AP - Belgrade