Jovan Veselinov
Јован Веселинов
3rd President of Serbia
As President of the People's Assembly of
PR Serbia
In office
April 1957 – 26 June 1963
Prime MinisterMiloš Minić
Slobodan Penezić Krcun
Preceded byPetar Stambolić
Succeeded byDušan Petrović
49th Prime Minister of Serbia
As President of the Executive Council of PR Serbia
In office
December 1953 – April 1957
PresidentPetar Stambolić
Preceded byPetar Stambolić
Succeeded byMiloš Minić
3rd Chairman of the League of Communists of Serbia
In office
April 1957 – 6 November 1966
Preceded byPetar Stambolić
Succeeded byDobrivoje Radosavljević
Personal details
Born(1906-01-20)20 January 1906
Kumane, Austria-Hungary
Died8 February 1982(1982-02-08) (aged 76)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityYugoslavia (Yugoslav)
Political partyLeague of Communists of Yugoslavia (SKJ)

Jovan Veselinov Žarko (20 January 1906 – 8 February 1982) was a Serbian communist politician. He served as President of Serbia, Prime Minister of Serbia and as a Chairman of the League of Communists of Serbia. He was a Partisan fighter in World War II, and was proclaimed People's Hero of Yugoslavia.[1]


Famed economist and politician Edvard Kardelj was shot and wounded on a hunting trip in 1959 by Veselinov. Although the official police investigation concluded that Veselinov had been shooting at a wild boar and Kardelj was struck by a ricochet from a rock, it was suggested at the time that the assassination attempt was orchestrated by his political rival Aleksandar Ranković or Ranković's, ally Slobodan Penezić.[2][3]


  1. ^ Details from life of Jovan Veselinov
  2. ^ "She Came in through the Bathroom Window" Tribuna (14 August 1989), pp. 3–7. Ljubljana: UK ZSMS, page 3. (in Slovene)
  3. ^ Ramet, Sabrina P. "Yugoslavia." In Eastern Europe: Politics, Culture, and Society Since 1939, pp. 159–189. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, p. 166.