Pro-Russian nationalist win threatens stability
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.