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US sanctions Bosnian Serb leader Dodik

Milorad Dodik, seen in October 2016, championed the effort for Serbs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Republic Day on January 9, a date tied to the fragile nation's brutal 1990s war and a sensitive issue for MuslimsThe United States placed sanctions Monday on Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik after he led a campaign to celebrate a Serbian-focused holiday in defiance of the Bosnia and Herzegovina constitutional court. Dodik, president of the Bosnian Serb-run entity Republika Srpska, championed the effort for Serbs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Republic Day on January 9, a date tied to the fragile nation’s brutal 1990s war and a sensitive issue for Muslims. Bosnia’s constitutional court ruled that the holiday was illegal for discriminating against non-Serbs and canceled the referendum, but Dodik pressed ahead regardless.

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