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Voters in Bosnia Herzegovina elected the Presidential Council made up of the nation's three major ethnic groups, in a complex system of government that grew out of the Daytona accords to end the war in 1995.


General elections held in Bosnia-Herzegovina

The results of the general elections governed by the triple presidency system revealed a political landscape that will increase the gains of the Serbs.

Social Democratic Party candidate Denis Becirovic secured the Bosnian seat, incumbent Zeljko Komsic won the Croatian seat, and Alliance of Independent Social Democrats candidate Zeljka Cvijanovic took the Serbian seat.

Within this scheme, the central state has a collegiate presidency made up of a Muslim representative, a Croat and a Serb, the "three constituent peoples" of the country.

Three million 400 thousand inhabitants were called to the polls to elect the three members of the collegiate presidency and the representatives of the central Parliament.

In addition, the citizens elected the representatives of the two autonomous parliaments that make up Bosnia. In total, more than 7,250 candidates from 72 parties and 30 coalitions competed.

There are a total of 14 different community governments with a total of 136 ministers. Great inequality, which deepens the divisions of the country 27 years after the war.

"Any destabilization in the region would bring us back to the Middle Ages. We have no right to do that... Let us unite around the future and around the problems of life. That is what all the people and nations of Bosnia and Herzegovina need. Herzegovina," Becirovic said.

For his part, separatist leader Milorad Dodik expressed his satisfaction with the results of the elections, warning: “After this victory, of course, it will be easier for us to separate the Republika Srpska from Bosnia. We will liberate the Republika Srpska."

Experts say Sunday's election is taking place during the worst political crisis since the end of the war in 1995, especially considering the separatist intentions of Bosnian Serb strongman Milorad Dodik.

The country is divided into two entities: the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska, both with broad political autonomy, as well as the Brčko district, with shared administration – each of these entities has its own constitution.

The victory of the Serbian nationalists, both in their own institutions and in their representation before federal agencies, suggests that segregating tensions will continue in the short and medium term.

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