Bosnian Croats win elections in divided Stolac town

  • Umay Atik
  • 7.3.2017 13:08

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), which is the main Bosnian Croat party, won the re-run poll in the divided southwestern town of Stolac on 19 February as tensions reportedly calmed.

HDZ candidate Stjepan Boskovic was elected mayor of Stolac and the party won 49 % of the votes. The Central Election Commission reported that the voter turnout was 75.57%. It is hoped that the election could resolve the dispute between Bosniak opposition coalition “Initiative for Stolac” and the HDZ and put an end to growing tensions between ethnic Croats and Bosniaks in Stolac. The first round of local elections held in October 2016 was disrupted by violence. The Initiative for Stolac claimed that the HDZ rigged every local election since the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. Bosniak opposition had boycotted the re-run at first, but then called on its supporters to vote. Initiative for Stolac won 40% of the votes and will now participate in the town council.

 

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