Bosnia: Serb Opposition Parties Call for Election Recount

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The Facts

  • Opposition parties in the Republic of Srpska, a Serbian political entity that is part of Bosnia & Herzegovina, have officially called for a recount of ballots cast over the weekend during general elections. The parties accused long-serving Serb leader Milorad Dodik of fraud.

  • Dodik obtained 48% of the vote, while his opponent, Jelena Trivic, garnered 43%, with greater than 95% of polling stations reporting.

The Spin

Narrative A

Bosnia's system of governance has empowered reactionary nationalists who want to divide the country for their benefit. This decentralized system has empowered "strong men" to develop patronage systems outside of the state, leading to economic and political stagnation. Bosnia's only path forward is for reformists to take power and end the ethnic-nationalist divisions that have defined Bosnia's politics since the end of the war.

Narrative B

The only reason there has been agitation against Dodik is his strong stance against the West and his desire to tilt Bosnia toward Russia. Dodik is a strong nationalist leader who understands that Russia is Bosnia's only partner who respects its interests. Given the West's aggression against Russia in Ukraine, Western powers have undermined Dodik because he wants to buy Russian oil and gas. This is a geopolitical power play.

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