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Friday, 21 November, 1997, 15:58 GMT
Karadzic posters provoke election warning

The international body monitoring parliamentary elections in the Bosnian Serb Republic -- one of two entities in Bosnia-Hercegovina -- has banned three candidates of one of the main parties from contesting the poll at the weekend.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe said more would be banned if the Serb Democratic Party, the SDS, continued to ignore an order to remove posters of the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic.

Under the election rules, no picture of Mr Karadzic may be displayed in public as he's been charged with war crimes and barred from seeking public office.

But many Serbs remain loyal to him.

The election was called in an effort to settle a power struggle between the pro-Karadzic faction of the SDS and the Bosnian Serb President, Biljana Plavsic.

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