General elections were held in Yugoslavia on 24 September 2000. They were the first free elections held in Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) since the breakup of SFR Yugoslavia in 1992, and the first free direct elections of any sort held in that country since 1927.
In the presidential election, official results initially showed Vojislav Koštunica of the Democratic Opposition led incumbent Slobodan Milošević of the Socialist Party of Serbia in the first round of voting, but short of the 50.01 percent needed to avoid a runoff election. However, Koštunica claimed he was not only ahead, but had finished just a few thousand votes over the threshold to win a first-round victory. Spontaneous protests broke out in support of Koštunica, and Milošević was forced to resign on 7 October and concede the presidency to Koštunica. Revised totals were subsequently released showing Koštunica had indeed won a narrow first-round victory, with just over 50.2 percent of the vote.
^"Parties led by Milosevic and wife submit joint list for upper house election," British Broadcasting Corporation Monitoring Service: Central Europe & Balkans, 26 August 2000 (Source: Tanjug news agency, Belgrade, in English 1707 gmt 24 Aug 00).