Last updated: March 26, 2017

Planned Serb referendum vote reawakens fears of strife in Bosnia

By Daria Sito-Sucic and Gordana Katana SARAJEVO/BANJA LUKA, Bosnia (Reuters) – Bosnia’s autonomous Serb entity is set to defy its highest court with a referendum on a national holiday on Sunday that may stoke separatist sentiment lingering since the 1990s war. The referendum, on whether to mark Jan. 9 as “Statehood Day” in the Serb Republic part of Bosnia, will be the country’s first since a 1992 plebiscite on secession from then-Yugoslavia that ignited three years of ethnic war in which 100,000 were killed. The Sarajevo-based Constitutional Court ruled on Saturday that this “Statehood Day” was illegal since it coincides with a Serbian Orthodox Christian holiday and so discriminated against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats living in the Serb Republic.
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