Profile 11 Aug 16

Dragan Covic: Warrior for a Third Entity

The undisputed leader of the Bosnian Croats is accused by some of prioritising ethnic politics over his voters’ real needs – but he remains adamant that a third, Croatian entity in Bosnia is indispensible.

Srecko Latal, Rodolfo Toe
BIRN
Sarajevo

 
 Dragan Covic. Photo: HDZBiH / Facebook.

As the Croat member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency and as leader of the Bosnian branch of the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZBiH, Dragan Covic has been the undisputed, if often controversial, leader of Bosnia’s Croats for many years.

Over those years, Covic has repeatedly pushed for the creation of a third Croat entity alongside the existing two, the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska and the Bosniak-dominated Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The call for a third entity has been rejected by Bosniaks, by the international community and by many Croats too, however.

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