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Bosnia Swears In 3 New Presidents

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Bosnia swore in its three new presidents on Tuesday, with all eyes on Serb nationalist Milorad Dodik, who will be the first to take the helm of a government driven by ethnic divides .

The three men will rotate seats every eight months under the complex peace deal that ended Bosnia ’s 1990 s war and split
power between its three main groups, Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks), Serbs and Croats .

In October voters chose nationalists to represent the first two communities , in a sign of how tribalism continues to shape politics more than two decades after the war.

The Three men took their oaths inside
Sarajevo’ s Presidency building before several dozen ambassadors and politicians.

Dodik, a pro-Russian politician who is sanctioned by the US, will co-lead with Bosnian Muslim president Sefik Dzaferovic, who hails from the nationalist conservative SDA party, and Croat president Zeljko Komsic .

Komsic , a Social Democrat , is an outlier among the two nationalists and has called for a “ Bosnia of citizens” that would transcend communal divisions. But he is already facing attacks from the main right- wing.

Croat party that accuses him of betraying his people and now threatens to obstruct activity in parliament .

“ It is currently very difficult to find a common denominator between Dodik, Komsic and Dzaferovic for constructive
work,” Bosnian political journalist Ranko Mavrak said in a radio interview .

“ These three will have to decide whether they want to act as a body that seeks points of agreement or creates problems,”
he added.

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