Village Bans Politicians Because Of Their Lies
It appears politicians are the same everywhere. They lie and lie, and if you catch them on it, they lie again.
But this Bosnian village will not have any more lies from them.
So, as the politicians embark on their final days of campaigning for Bosnian elections on Sunday, there is one small corner of the country where they cannot pass: Podgora, a poor hamlet fed up with the government's broken promises.
"You've been lying to us for years. No party is welcome in Podgora," reads a white banner strung across the main square of the 700-person village, which lies some 30 kilometres from the capital Sarajevo.
Sunday's general elections will fill Bosnia's highest political offices, from a three-person presidency down to district assemblies.
But few are expecting significant change in a nation that has been paralysed for decades, in part because of unresolved conflicts dating back to the ethnic conflicts that engulfed Bosnia in the 1990s.
The war killed 100,000 people and split the country into two largely autonomous regions linked by a weak central government.
Like huge swathes of the population, the people of Podgora are disillusioned by a political class known chiefly for corruption and dysfunction.
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