Bosnian Serbs to hold national holiday

Monday, 9 January, 2017 - 18:00

Serbs in Bosnia are set to hold holiday on Monday (9 January).

This year’s Republic Day marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Bosnian Serb-run entity Republika Srpska (RS) on 9 January, 1992.

 An overwhelming majority of Bosnian Serb voters in September opted in a controversial referendum organised by the RS’ defiant national leader Milorad Dodik to continue to hold the holiday.

Bosnia’s constitutional court ruled that the holiday was illegal for discriminating against non-Serbs and cancelled the referendum, but Dodik pressed ahead regardless.

The referendum was criticised by the United States and the European Union, but supported by Russia.