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Bosnia's new leadership takes shape

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Bosnia's new leadership takes shape


Haris Silajdzic has won the race to be the Muslim member of the three-man presidency that will govern Bosnia-Herzogovina after international supervision ends next year. Incumbent Sulejman Tihic conceded defeat after partial results showed his rival could not be caught.

Silajdzic appealed for a smooth transition. “The European Union and the democratic wall will not leave us alone here, the job is not yet finished. We want to integrate Bosnia into the European Union. We want to have a normal modern democratic constitution and I hope they will help us do that,” he said.

Nebojsa Radmanovic of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats has all but secured his election as the Serb member on the state presidency, having claimed more than half of the votes so far. Ivo Miro Jovic of the main Croat Party, the Croatian Democratic Union, is on course to win with a small lead over the candidate of the opposition multi-ethnic Social Democratic Party.

The 1995 Dayton Peace Accord which ended the Bosnian war, set up two autonomous entities – a Muslim-Croat Federation and a Bosnian Serb Republic – the Republica Srpska. Each has its own president, government and parliament. In addition, there is a central Bosnian government with a rotating presidency.

Bosnians voted for the state presidency and parliament as well as the president and two vice-presidents in the Serb Republic. They also cast ballots for the assemblies of the two regions and 10 federation cantons. The international protectorate set up after the war is set to be dismantled next year.

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