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Leaders of old divisions likely to win Bosnia election

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 01:34

Nationalists with little shared vision of Bosnia's future are in the lead for the three-person presidential election, partial poll results show. Yiming Woo reports.

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Supporters of Muslim Bosniak nationalists celebrate, as partial results show them ahead in Bosnia's presidential election. The three-person leadership looks likely to be shared with two other nationalist groups from the Orthodox Christian Serbs and Catholic Croats. Bosniak leader Bakir Izetbegovic is playing down the differences between them. (SOUNDBITE) (Bosnian) INCUMBENT BOSNIAK MEMBER OF TRIPARTITE PRESIDENCY AND LEADER OF PARTY OF DEMOCRATIC ACTION (SDA), BAKIR IZETBEGOVIC, SAYING: "Let's not rush with coalition speculations. In any case, those who are ready will make an almost identical programme about the most essential issues, like moving Bosnia and Herzegovina out of a reform standstill, and putting it on the path of EU and NATO integration, put up a determined fight against corruption and crime and, most of all, an energetic revival of the economy and creation of jobs." Power-sharing between the three sides is part a system intended to heal the divisions after the civil war nearly 20 years ago. But they have vastly differing views on whether Bosnia should stay united or split into blocs. Just over half of the population voted in this election. Many are angry over unemployment and corruption. (SOUNDBITE) (Bosnian) PENSIONER FROM BANJA LUKA, JADRANKA PELEVIC, SAYING: "They should steal less. Not less, they shouldn't steal at all, but to look after the people. But unfortunately none of the politicians will do that." Bosnians are also voting in local and regional elections. The leaders will face the challenge of taking the helm in one of the poorest countries in Europe.

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Leaders of old divisions likely to win Bosnia election

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 01:34