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first. Ex-King Milan resigned his post
first. Ex-King Milan resigned his post; so did the government;
and King Alexander had great difficulty in forming a new
cabinet. But the opposition subsided somewhat on the
publication of Tsar Nicholas's congratulations to the king on
his engagement and of his acceptance to act as the principal
witness at the wedding. The marriage was then duly celebrated
on the 5th of August 1900. Still this union was unpopular and
weakened the position of King Alexander in the army and the
country. He tried to reconcile political parties by granting
from his own initiative a liberal constitution (April 6,
1901), introducing for the first time in the constitutional
history of Servia the system of two chambers (skupshtina and
senate). This did in a certain measure reconcile the political
parties, but did not reconcile the army, which, already
dissatisfied with the king's marriage, became still more
so at the rumours that one of the two unpopular brothers of
Queen Draga, Lieutenant Nicodiye, was to be proclaimed heir-
apparent to the throne. Meanwhile the independence of the
senate and of the council of state caused growing irritation
to King Alexander, which led him to another coup d'etat.
He suspended (March 1903) the constitution for half an hour,
time enough to publish the decrees by which the old senators
and councillors of state were dismissed and replaced by new
ones. This arbitrary act naturally increased the dissatisfaction
in the country. The general impression was that inasmuch as
the senate was packed with men devoted to the royal couple,
and inasmuch as the government obtained a large majority at
the general elections, King Alexander would not hesitate any
longer to proclaim Queen Draga's brother as the heir to the
throne. Apparently to prevent this, but in reality to replace
Alexander Obrenovich by Peter Karageorgevich, a military
conspiracy was organized. The conspirators penetrated into
the palace and savagely murdered King Alexander and Queen
Draga in the early morning of the 11th of June 1903. (C. MI.)

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