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Bosnia: Preliminary Election Results Favor Bosnian President

  • Lisa McAdams

Sarajevo, 16 September 1996 (RFE/RL) -- The first preliminary results from the elections in Bosnia -- for the three-member collective presidency -- were announced in Sarajevo today. They show Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic comfortably leading his chief rival, former prime minister Haris Silajdzic, for the seat reserved for a Muslim.

Izetbegovic received 76 percent of the vote to Silajdzic's 21 percent in the Sarajevo city district of Ilidza.

In the Sarajevo city district of Stari Grad, Federation president Kresimir Zubak is ahead of Ivo Komsic for the Croat seat. Zubak has 52 percent to 44 percent gained by Komsic.

In Sokolac in Republika Srpska, Bosnian Serb parliamentary chairman Momcilo Krajisnik is overwhelmingly leading the race for the Serb seat in the collective presidency -- 92 percent over his nearest rival, Mladen Ivanic, who has just over 7 percent.

The Dayton agreement calls for a national government, with limited powers, for all of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The national government will have a three-member presidency consisting of a Croat, a Muslim and a Serb. The candidate who captures the most votes will be chairman and will serve as president of the country for two years until new elections are held.