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Fervent nationalism dominates end of Bosnia's election campaign

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Fervent nationalism dominates end of Bosnia's election campaign


Fervent nationalism has dominated the close of campaigning ahead of elections on Sunday in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The president of one of the countries two entities, Republika Srpska, or the Bosnian Serb Republic, has reaffirmed aspirations for independence.

The main opposition SDS party in Republika Srpska chose the daughter of the indicted war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic to run for a parliamentary seat. Opinion polls suggest that Sonja Karadzic will win by a landside.

In the country’s other entity, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the leader of the Muslim opposition Party of Democratic Action, is also the son of a Bosnian war-time president.

Some 3.3 million people are eligible to vote.

One man told Euronews: “Personally I don’t vote. Those who do probably think that something will change after the elections. But I don’t thinks so. And there is a growing number of people who feel the same.”

Another man said: “I will vote but I am not sure that anything will change, and both the governing and the opposition parties promise too much, but I will fulfill my civil obligation.”

People are voting for candidates for the three-person rotating presidency, as well as the national and two regional parliaments.

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