Bosnia-Herzegovina: Nationalist parties win parliamentary election

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Croat, Muslim and Serb nationalist parties won Bosnia’s parliamentary election, State Election Commission preliminary results showed on Monday.

With the legislature poised to be split down ethnic lines, the result could hamper the reform process required for progress towards EU and NATO membership.

Results in detail

  • Pro-Russian Serb leader Milorad Dodik won the Serb seat in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency
  • Dodik’s SNSD party emerged as the strongest party in the Bosnia’s parliamentary election.
  • Sefik Dzaferovic won the Bosniak seat in the inter-ethnic presidency. His SDA party secured the most votes
    in Bosnia’s autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation and its Bosniak-dominated cantons.
  • Moderate Zeljko Komsic beat his nationalist rival Dragan Covic for the Croat seat. A coalition led by Covic’s HDZ party, however, won the most votes of Croats in the Bosnian parliament and in the majority Croat cantons.

‘Republika Srspka, my first priority’

Dodik, a vocal proponent of secession of the Serb Republic and its integration with Serbia, claimed victory on Sunday evening.

“My first priority will be the position of the Serb people and of the Republika Srspka,” Dodik said, referring to the
autonomous region where he previously served as regional president. “I believe that Bosnia-Herzegovina also may progress if everyone is respected.”

Karte Bosnien und Nachbarländer EN

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ap/rt (dpa, Reuters)

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