Political Veterans Dominate Race for Bosnian Presidency

Sunday’s election for the tripartite presidency is a race between some of the best-known faces on Bosnia’s much-maligned political scene.

New faces are hard to find on ballot papers in this weekend’s race for the tripartite presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The October 2 vote, part of elections across the board in Bosnia, may return Bosniak leader Bakir Izetbegovic for a third term after a four-year break; with Zeljko Komsic running for a fourth term, it may also reignite Croat grievances over who gets to vote for the Croat representative; Serbs, meanwhile, look set to elect Zeljka Cvijanovic, loyal ally of outgoing presidency member and Bosnian Serb hardliner Milorad Dodik.

The result is unlikely to contribute to any resolution of the country’s worst political crisis since the end of the 1992-95 war, with arguments over electoral reform and Serb steps towards secession threatening the very foundations of the state.

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