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Politicking paralyzes divided Bosnian town of Mostar

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The fighting between Muslims, known as Bosniaks, and Croats in Mostar was some of the fiercest of the war and left them divided on the eastern and Canada Goose Parka western banks of the River Neretva.

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Peace has done little to reconcile them.

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The council has failed to adopt a budget for 2013, and in November last year councilors took the legally dubious step of voting to extend their own mandates in the absence of an election.

People get food at a soup kitchen in Mostar, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

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canada goose outlet uk ENCROACHING EU BORDER Bosnia has absorbed some 9 billion euros in foreign aid to help it heal from the war, yet Mostar, a town of 70,000 people, has resisted reconciliation. Each side still has its own electricity provider, phone network, postal service, utility services and university. canada goose outlet uk

Croat and Bosniak schoolchildren attend separate classes, studying from different textbooks.

canada goose black friday sale The latest row over how to reform the electoral code is rooted in a fear by Bosniaks, who are the minority in Mostar, that they will be dominated by the Croats. The Bosniaks want safeguards to make sure they are not out voted. canada goose black friday sale

The Croats, in the majority, want the town unified.

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canada goose outlet online a few months Mostar will be just 40 km (25 miles) from the EU, Canada Goose Coats On Sale and we should be heading towards modern Europe and not back to the Middle Ages, said Sladjan Bevanda, a local Croat political leader. He said the town mayor, a Croat, might impose the 2013 budget. canada goose outlet online

Exasperated residents complain that behind the talk of protecting rights lies a naked battle for power and the lucrative networks of patronage provided by such a decentralized and divided system of cheap canada goose uk government in Mostar and Bosnia as a whole.

In January, the situation took a violent turn, when canada goose a bomb blast toppled a monument to fallen soldiers of Bosnia Muslim dominated wartime army.

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