Polls open in Bosnia

Polls open in Bosnia
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Voting has started in Bosnia, in an election that will go some to deciding how quickly the country can join the EU and NATO.

The main obstacle has been the fractions within the country based on ethnic divisions. A highly complicated political system involving five presidents, 13 prime ministers and 700 MPs is not making it any easier.

The country has two semi-autonomous regions – Republica Srpska, dominated by ethnic Serbs – and the Muslim-Croat Federation.

The political divide between the two has widened. Tensions have risen over the amount of self-government enjoyed by Republica Srpska.

Serbian presidential candidate, Milorad Dodik is prime minister for the region. He represents a fiercely nationalist party, which is opposed to any more centralisation, and is seeking an independent ethnic Serbian state.

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