SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Preliminary results show that ethnic nationalist parties have won local elections held in Bosnia on Sunday.

Election officials said early Monday that 53.88 percent of the approximately round 3.2 million voters cast ballots to choose mayors and municipal councils in both of Bosnia’s two semi-autonomous regions. Those areas — the Republika Srpska and the Bosniak-Croat Federation — each have their own governments, presidents and parliaments, but are linked by shared federal-level institutions.

The pro-Russian separatist party which has governed in Republika Srpska for over a decade, defeated a pro-European Union coalition that is no less nationalist. The Alliance of Independent Social-Democrats, led by Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik, won 30 percent more municipalities that in the last elections.

In the Bosniak-Croat Federation, the respective nationalist parties almost completely defeated their non-nationalist rivals.


Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.