Four Candidates Will Vie for the Croat Seat on the Presidency

Leader of the main Bosnian Croat party will run to be reelected to the Bosnian Presidency in the October elections, his party said after a meeting of its top officials.

Dragan Čović, the leader of HDZ BiH, will run for the Croat seat on the Presidency against three other candidates, the party said after the Friday meeting in Vitez, central Bosnia. Čović, currently a member of the Presidency, said he will continue pursuing “full equality” of Bosnian Croats with the other two main groups in Bosnia, Bosniaks and Serbs.

The HDZ leader will run against a candidate from a rival Bosnian Croat party, a former Bosnian Croat member of the Presidency and a candidate from a small center-left party.

Diana Zelenika, a senior official of the HDZ 1990 and a member of the Bosnian parliament, announced her candidacy earlier this month. In her speech after the announcement, she vowed to work against corruption and fear-mongering that corrupt politicians use.

Diana Zelenika

Željko Komšić of the Democratic Front was the Croat member of the Presidency from 2006 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2014. At that time, he was a prominent member of the Social Democratic Party, the SDP. Komšić was accused by the HDZ BiH of pandering to the majority Bosniak voters in the Federation entity, which made him an “illegitimate” representative of Bosnian Croats.

Boriša Falatar of Naša Stranka center-left party is a newcomer to the Bosnian political scene. Former UNESCO crisis response coordinator for places like South Sudan, Syria and Palestine, Falatar said in his candidacy speech that Bosnia needs a better constitution and an education system that will reverse the trend of a negative economic emigration in the country.

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