Serbs lose bid to run Srebrenica
Monday 22 October 2012
Muslims have defeated a bid to put a Serb mayor in control of Srebrenica for the first time since the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims there by Bosnian Serb forces. The Serb candidate represented a party that disputes a UN ruling that the mass slaughter of Muslim men and boys constituted genocide.
The town, once predominantly Bosniak – Muslim – now has a majority Serb population but Muslims led a drive to register 2,000 absent voters that saw their candidate win.
Many Bosniaks saw the prospect of a Serb mayor as a threat to the status of a memorial complex where more than 5,600 victims of the massacre are interred.
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