Bakir Izetbegovic is on course to become one of Bosnia’s three presidents according to election results.
The son of Bosnia’s wartime leader Alija Izetbegovic will represent the country’s Muslim community on a ticket to heal the deep ethnic divisions that still blight the country 15 years after the Bosnian war.
Izetbegovic many have sit on the tripartite presidency alongside Serb incumbant Nebojsa Radmanovic the leading Serb candidate backs the view of his party leader Milorad Dodik who wants secession from Bosnia.
The poll has been further tainted amid reports that the Serb vote showed signs of fraud.
The Social democrat Zeljko Komsic looks set for re-election as the Croat representative is far ahead in the polls.
He is expected to work with Izetbegovic towards a multi-ethnic Bosnia.
The west has a close eye on events to see if Bosnia will move closer to the EU and Nato or remain a country marked by corruption, bickering politicians and the threat of ethnic violence.