Analysis 07 Jul 17

Main Bosnian Serb Opposition Party Faces Uncertain Future

Without a thorough overhaul the Serb Democratic Party, SDS, faces further internal divisions and an uncertain political future, experts say.

Danijel Kovacevic
Banja Luka
Vukota Govedarica. Photo: Serbian Democratic Party

Bosnia’s Serb Democratic Party, originally established by Radovan Karadzic – found guilty by the Hague of genocide and crimes against humanity, has lost its identity and is now considered less radical than the governing SNSD, while it is also plagued by infighting and corruption, experts have told BIRN.

With the election of new vice-presidents at its session on Sunday, SDS completed their promised party reconstruction, which followed their heavy defeat in the 2016 local elections by Milorad Dodik’s party, but the meeting in Banja Luka was still tense, with dissatisfied party members protesting outside the headquarters.

Political analyst Tanja Topic told BIRN the party needs some new blood as there is a disconnect between some of the old guard and the modernizing faction, and instead of the party firming up SDS's increasingly vague political identity,  they are attempting to push their growing internal problems under the carpet - where they’ve been piling up for years.

“There are still too many local chiefs in the SDS who oppose current party politics. They, simply, have too much turbulence within the party,” Topic said.

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