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Strong Showing for Bosnian Nationalists

Balkans: Initial returns, in the country's first postwar election run without Western aid, show hard-liners on top in key races.

October 07, 2002|From Associated Press

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Nationalists made strong gains in Bosnia's first elections organized without Western help since the end of the 1992-95 war, according to partial preliminary results late Sunday.

The election commission said no races had been decided by Sunday night. Final results of the Saturday vote are expected by Oct. 22.

A Serb nationalist, Mirko Sarovic, looked poised to win the Serb spot on Bosnia's three-member multiethnic presidency. With 77% of the vote tallied, he'd won 38%.

Dragan Covic of the nationalist Croatian Democratic Union was in the lead for the Croat presidency with 65% of the vote. It was unclear what percentage of ballots had been tallied in that race.

With 69% of ballots counted, Sulejman Tihic lead with 28% in the race for the Muslim post.

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