Sunday, April 29, 2007

Ivica Racan passes away last night

Ivica Racan passes away last night

Ivica Racan died of cancer last night at Zagreb's Rebro Hospital.
The former president of the strongest opposition party – the Social Democrats Party (SDP) – temporarily withdrew from politics on January 31st after being diagnosed with a tumor in his right shoulder, which turned out to be a metastasis, while the primary cancer was on his kidney.

After his condition had worsened, Racan resigned from his party post on April 10th.


Former SDP president, Ivica Racan was born in 1944 in the Ebersbach labor camp in Germany.

Racan earned his university degree at the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb. Racan became a member of the Central Committee of the Yugoslav Communist Party in the late-eighties.

As the leading reformist in the Croatian Central Committee, Racan was elected chairman in 1989.

During the dramatic break-up of the former Yugoslavia, and the consequential break-up of the Communist Party, Racan came through with crucial moves during the battle within the Yugoslav Communist Party, opposing strong dogmatic and nationalist groups gathered around Serbian political leader, Slobodan Milosevic, who was just reaching the paramount of his political power.



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