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Candor, criticism mark Yugoslav party congress

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Anne Shutt / June 30, 1982


Yugoslavia's Communist Party Congress closed here Tuesday after the most freewheeling, open debate in the party's postwar history, Monitor correspondent Eric Bourne reports.

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Officials point with satisfaction to the candid speaking and free rein for criticism at the congress. But what counts is the action that follows.

The country had a balance-of-payments deficit last year of some $600 million and an inflation rate exceeding 40 percent. This year the government hopes to limit inflation to 17 percent. It recently tightened controls on export earnings , which should make it easier to meet some $500 million in debt servicing due this year. But the issue is so sensitive that the controls are for only a single year.