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Bosnian Croat President Fired

March 7, 2001

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ Bosnia’s top international administrator Wednesday fired the Bosnian Croat president and other senior officials after their political party announced plans last week to bolt the alliance with the country’s Muslims.

Ante Jelavic, a member of the country’s three-man collective presidency, was also barred from holding any other elected post, according to a statement by the office of Wolfgang Petritsch, who oversees compliance with a 1995 agreement that ended the Bosnian war.

Jelavic, leader of the hard-line Bosnian Croat Democratic Union, or HDZ, took part in a meeting Saturday at which he and other Bosnian Croat nationalists pledged to create their own state in Bosnia, in violation of the constitution and the peace agreement, the statement added.

The move sets the stage for a showdown with the Bosnian Croat community, the smallest of the three ethnic communities, which also include Serbs and Muslims.

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