Srebrenica has a Bosnian Serb mayor

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Bosnian Muslim people during the funeral in the Potocari Memorial Center, Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 July 2016, where 127 newly-identified Bosnian Muslims. The burial was part of a memorial ceremony to mark the 21th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, considered the worst atrocity of Bosnia's 1992-95 war. More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were executed in the 1995 killing spree after Bosnian Serb forces overran the town.

Srebrenica has a Bosnian Serb mayor


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A Bosnian Serb has been elected mayor of Srebrenica.

Mladen Grujicic is the first Serbian mayor of the Bosnian town since 1999, securing 54.4% of the vote in local elections on October 2.

His opponent, the Bosniak (Muslim) Camil Durakovic is contesting the result and has vowed to take legal action.

Since the war ended the demographic balance has changed, now with 55% Serbs and 45% Bosniaks (Muslims).

The city is now in Bosnia’s Serb Republic, one of the two constituent entities of the Confederation of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The 1995 Srebrenica massacre refers to the killing of 8,000 Muslims (Bosniaks). The killings were perpetrated by units of the Bosnian Serb Army of Republika Srpsk (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladic.

The International Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia has jailed a number of Bosnian Serbs over the massacre, including recently the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić.

Srebrenica’s new mayor denies the massacre was a genocide and claims Serbs are victims of discrimination by the international community.

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