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Bosnia’s Separatist Leader Rallies Supporters Against Recount

Milorad Dodik, center, leads a rally in Banja Luka, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Oct. 25.

Milorad Dodik, center, leads a rally in Banja Luka, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Oct. 25.

Photographer: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands rallied in support of Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, a Kremlin ally who has threatened to break away from Bosnia-Herzegovina, as a protracted recount threatens to challenge his election victory.

Dodik’s Oct. 3 bid for the presidency of Republika Srpska, the ethnic Serbian entity within the fragmented Balkan republic, has come under scrutiny amid fraud allegations. His challenger, Jelena Trivic, demanded a recount after an initial tally showed Dodik four percentage points ahead with 48%.