Dr Vojislav Kostunica had a reputation in Serbia for saying very intelligent things if you could only stay awake through his speeches. Now one of the most boring men ever to be Yugoslav President is proving himself a political star.
The popularity of this self–effacing academic is not entirely surprising. It is as if the whole of Serbia is breathing a huge sigh of relief that, after toppling Slobodan Milosevic, the country has finally managed to find a politician it can trust.
Ask any Serbian pundit and they will tell you that that being ordinary is one of Kostunica’s greatest assets. Outside his country, his somber suits and long, serious face are increasingly familiar. Foreign emissaries too are apparently captivated by his understated style, as he urges that Yugoslavia be rapidly reintegrated into the world community.