Bosnia: Muslims elect moderate for president

Bosnia: Muslims elect moderate for president

Via Deutsche Welle:

Initial results from Sunday's Bosnian election indicate that the Bosniak and Croat seats in country's presidency will go to moderate candidates, while the Serb seat will go to a nationalist, whose party has raised the possibility of seceding from the country.

Results put moderate Bosnian Muslim, Bakir Izetbegovic, the incumbent Croatian member of the presidency, Zelijko Komsic of the multi-ethnic Social Democrats, and Nebojsa Radmanovic of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats in the lead.


After 80 percent of votes counted, Bakir Izetbegovic the son of the late wartime president Alija Izetbegovic was in the lead for Muslim presidential seat. During his campaign, he expressed a willingness to work to bridge differences with other ethnic groups in the divided country.

"I will pursue realistic politics and reach out and cooperate," Bakir Izetbegovic told Bosnian news agency Fena.

The race was still tight with only some 15,000 votes between him and his closest rival, populist media mogul Fahrudin Radoncic, who had 30 percent of the ballot. The incumbent, Haris Silajdzic, was trailing in third place.

The final result is expected to be announced on Monday afternoon.