January 18, 1998 |
The Bosnian Serb parliament elected a new government led by a pro-Western moderate today in a major defeat for hard-line nationalists who boycotted the vote. A parliamentary majority backed Milorad Dodik, 47, leader of the Independent Social Democrats, as prime minister to head a government of "national unity." The new prime minister was nominated by Western-backed Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic, who has been waging a power struggle against hard-line opponents for months.
October 3, 1998 |
Final election results confirmed the victory of an ultranationalist as president of the Bosnian Serb republic but also showed moderates made gains. Nikola Poplasen's victory over Western-backed Biljana Plavsic is seen by some as a setback for Western efforts to bridge the ethnic divide in Bosnia, but international organizers of the elections insisted the results were a success as moderates advanced throughout the country.
April 10, 2000 |
Four years after Bosnia's war ended, weekend elections showed how deep the ethnic divide in this country remains, as Muslim voters shifted toward moderate leaders while Serbs and Croats stayed with old-style nationalists. Although official preliminary results in the vote for municipal councils were not expected until today, the contending parties' own estimates of their showings were being regarded Sunday as reliable. In the past, such assertions have generally proved accurate.
November 22, 2000 |
The international organizers of this month's Bosnian elections said Tuesday that the three main nationalist parties would not be able to form majority governments, based on final preliminary results. In the Nov. 11 balloting, voters in Bosnia-Herzegovina's two ministates--the Bosnian Serb republic and the Muslim-Croat Federation--elected members of a federal parliament. Voters in the Muslim-Croat Federation also chose regional officials and a federation parliament.
August 6, 1996 |
Bosnian Muslims and Croats continued talks aimed at reaching a compromise plan to jointly govern the southwestern city of Mostar. The European Union--which has administered Mostar since 1994--had threatened to withdraw by midnight Saturday unless the town's Muslim and Croatian leaders agreed to abide by recent elections and share power. In Washington, meanwhile, the White House dismissed as "complete fabrication" a report that the U.S.
August 30, 1996 |
Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, contradicting repeated assurances from the State Department about the feasibility of a free and fair vote in Bosnia, urged President Clinton on Thursday to postpone the Sept. 14 presidential and parliamentary elections there, calling them "a sham in the making." "If held under present conditions," Dole said in a letter to the president, "these elections will be neither free nor fair, but a fraud--with the American stamp of approval."