New faces but the status quo in election results
The general election held in Bosnia and Herzegovina has seen two opposition parties do well but has not really helped to resolve the long standing tensions within the country. Most of those elected hold narrow nationalistic views for their individual countries which is likely to lead to continued problems in getting any meaningful governance. The one slight hope is that the main parties elected are from the centre-right albeit with that strong nationalistic tinge.
In the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina which elects one Bosniak, one Croat and one Serb member the results were as follows:
Bakir Izetbegović of the centre-right Party of Democratic Action (SDA) was elected for a second term as the Bosniak member of the Presidency with 32.74% of the vote, a clear five percentage points ahead of his nearest rival.
Dragan Čović of the opposition centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ – BiH) comfortably won his Croat seat on the national Presidency with 52.41% of the vote, 14 percentage points ahead of his main rival.
In the race for the Serbian seat of the national Presidency, the opposition centre-right Party of Democratic Progress – Serb Democratic Party (PDP-SDS) candidate, Mladen Ivanić, won the election just ahead of his main centre-left Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) rival by less than one percentage point.
In the House of Representatives the Bosniak Party of Democratic Action (SDA) and the Croat HDZ-BiH were the biggest winners, although the newly formed centre-left Democratic Front (DF) also did well. The main loser on the day was the Social Democratic Party (SDP) which dropped from 284,358 votes in 2010 to just 78,755 votes. Their biggest drop was in the Federation where their percentage of the vote dropped from 26.07% in 2010 to 9.70% on Sunday.
There will now be a lot of negotiating to draw up coalitions in the various parliaments with Canton elections also taking place last Sunday.
Turnout was down two percentage points to 54.14% on Sunday.