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Svetozar Pribičević (1875 - 1936) was a Croatian Serb politician who worked hard for creation of Yugoslavia. He however became a bitter opponent of the king, Aleksandar Karađorđević, and died in exile.
In 1918 he was leader of the Croat-Serb coalition which was then the dominant party in the Croatian Sabor. When the Croatian Sabor voted to join the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, the state formed by the South Slav regions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire when that state colapsed as a result of its defeat in the first world war, Pribičević became one of the vice presidents of the new states ruling body, the People's Council (Narodno vijeće). As Italy overran parts of the new state's territory in Istria and along the coast of Dalmatia he urged the the council to seek unification with Serbia without delay. In this he received especially strong support from Dalmatian delegates and on the morning of the 27th November a delegation from the People's Council set off for Belgrade which was to formally create a new state, the Kingdom of Serbs Croats and Slovenes, a few days later.
Svetozar Pribićević became the Minister of Internal Affairs. In this role he implemented a authoritarian policy believing that this was necessary to create a new state in the disordered aftermath of the first world war. Many years later Ivan Meštrović was to challenge him on his role in that period and according to Meštrović he answered "I was mad".
Pribićević's Croat-Serb coalition quickly fused with political groupings from other parts of the former Austria-Hungary and a new party was founded in Sarajevo. This began negotiations with the Pašić's radicals but negotiations quickly fell through. Instead they joined with the Serbian opposition to form a block that was to dominate the Provisional Representation which served as a Parliament until the election of the Constituent Assembly.
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