Pro-Rus­sian na­tion­al­ist win threat­ens sta­bil­ity

The Guardian Weekly - - Global report -

Bosnia-Herze­gov­ina faced a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis af­ter an elec­tion left a pro-Rus­sian na­tion­al­ist hold­ing the Serb seat in the three-way pres­i­dency and laid bare ten­sions be­tween Croat and Bos­nian Mus­lim lead­ers. Lead­ers warned that the re­sults of last Sun­day’s vote threat­ened the sta­bil­ity of the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem set up af­ter the eth­nic war of the 1990s.

Vot­ers cast bal­lots to elect three mem­bers of the pres­i­dency, rep­re­sent­ing Or­tho­dox Serbs, Catholic Croats and Bos­nian Mus­lims, known as Bos­ni­aks.

Pre­lim­i­nary re­sults in­di­cated that na­tion­al­ist Milo­rad Dodik had topped the vote in the Serb en­tity.

Right-wing na­tion­al­ist Dra­gan Covic lost out in his bid for the Croat pres­i­den­tial seat to his mod­er­ate ri­val, Zeljko Kom­sic.

The Bos­nian Mus­lim seat was won by Se­fik Dzafer­ovic of the con­ser­va­tive SDA.

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