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Bosnia: Muslim keeps control of Srebrenica mayor's office

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 23 October 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Bosnia: Muslim keeps control of Srebrenica mayor's office, 23 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5090e59230.html [accessed 23 November 2014]
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October 23, 2012

A Muslim has maintained control of the mayor's office in Srebrenica, the Bosnian town where 8,000 Muslim males were massacred by Serbian forces in 1995.

Results released from the October 7 elections show Camil Durakovic getting reelected with more than 46 percent, according to the AFP news agency.

Ethnic Serbian candidate Vesna Kocevic was reported taking around 39 percent.

After thousands of Muslims fled Srebrenica after the Bosnian War massacre, the town became roughly split between Muslims and Serbs, with Serbs holding a slight majority.

New voting rules prevented Muslims who fled Srebrenica to cast ballots in this year's vote, prompting Muslims to launch an absentee voter registration drive, according to Reuters news agency.

Serbs have complained the election was decided by people who don't live in Srebrenica.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

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