Bosnia Votes after Divisive Election Campaign

Sarajevo, People are voting in Bosnia-Herzegovina following an election campaign that observers say remained entrenched along ethnic lines.

A total of five presidents and 14 prime ministers must be elected in the country’s complex system of government.

Tensions between Bosniaks (Muslims), Serbs and Croats have persisted since the 1992-95 bloody civil war.

Bosnia is still split into two entities – the Serb Republic (Republika Srpska) and the Muslim-Croat Federation.

The country’s three-member collective presidency – Croat, Bosnian Muslim and Serb – was established as part of the US-brokered 1995 Dayton peace deal that ended the war in which in 100,000 died.

In Republika Srpska, voters will elect MPs, a president and two vice-presidents. In the Muslim-Croat Federation a bicameral parliament will be elected that includes a president and two vice presidents.

In addition, voters must cast ballots for assemblies that run the federation’s 10 cantons. In all, nearly 7,500 candidates are running for 518 offices across the country, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency

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