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The widow of former Yugoslavia's communist dictator Josip Broz Tito has been granted a Serbian passport after nearly 30 years in seclusion.

Jovanka Broz, 84, has lived in Belgrade without travel or identity documents in a decrepit Government-owned house since Tito's death in 1980.

Serbia's Interior Minister, Ivica Dacic, handed her the documents at a ceremony.

"This means a lot to me," Broz said.

She fell out of favour shortly before Tito's death and was forced out of the dictator's residence. His successors put her under virtual house arrest.