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Bosnia election results set to bring little change

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSSarajevo - 2 October 20221. Ballot box emptied onto tableHEADLINE TEXT: Bosnia election results set to bring little change2. Ballots on table3. Wide of election officials counting ballots4. Tilt down from official to ballotANNOTATION: Polls closed in Bosnia on Sunday. Voters were choosing new leaders from established candidates and challengers promising to end corruption.5. Close up of ballots6. Wide of vote countingANNOTATION: The election included contests for the three members of Bosnia's shared, multi-ethnic presidency, the president of one of its two autonomous parts, 7. Close up of ballotsANNOTATION: and parliament deputies at different, in part overlapping, levels of governance.8. Denis Becirovic, opposition candidate for Bosniak seat in presidency, being congratulated9. Becirovic being congratulated10. Wide of press conferenceANNOTATION: The preliminary results showed reformist Denis Becirovic on course to win the Bosniak seat in the tripartite presidency.11. SOUNDBITE (Bosnian) Denis Becirovic, vice-president of the Social Democratic Party:"Citizens of Bosnia - I wish to tell you that we all need to change for better. Look at our rivers, prettiest in Europe, but they are filled with trash. This is not the fault of Dodik, Izetbegovic or Covic. In this country we all need to change. Dear friends, I was not giving false promises during the campaign. I know what we must do and that we need to move forward to change."12. Zeljko Komsic, candidate for Croat seat in presidency, on stage and being cheered by supportersANNOTATION: Zeljko Komsic, who ran on fighting corruption and clientelism in public office, declared victory for the Croat seat in the shared presidency.13. SOUNDBITE (Croatian) Zeljko Komsic, Croat candidate for presidency:"Congratulations to all citizens of Bosnia for this victory of my party and myself. Now we can really talk about, I would not say radical, but definitely big changes in Bosnia Herzegovina."ASSOCIATED PRESSBanja Luka - 3 October 202214. Milorad Dodik and Zeljka Cvijanovic at news conference15. Wide of press conferenceANNOTATION: The two reformists are likely to be joined by Zeljka Cvijanovic from the strongest Bosnian Serb party.16. Dodik hugged by a supporterANNOTATION: If the preliminary results hold, Cvijanovic will take over from her party's boss, Milorad Dodik, who chose to run for the president of Bosnia's Serb-runANNOTATION: part rather than seek a second term in the shared, countrywide presidency.17. Jelena Trivic greeted by supporters18. Wide of Trivic surrounded by supportersANNOTATION: Both Dodik, and his main contender, Jelena Trivic, proclaimed victory in the race for the Bosnian Serb president.19. Wide of Trivic at news conference20. Mid of Dodik with supportersANNOTATION: Their claims will be tested when the preliminary results of the presidential ballot for Bosnia's Serb-run part are announced later on Monday.21. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Milorad Dodik, SNSD leader and Republic of Srpska presidential candidate:"Such a result and such a trend, absolutely guarantees that we can be serious now when we say that SNSD candidate, or myself, won this presidential election."22. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Jelena Trivic, opposition PDP leader (Party of Democratic Progress):"Yes. This was the victory of the people. As I said many times, during the campaign, this should not be my personal victory nor personal victory for any of us. This should be the victory for Republic of Srpska."ASSOCIATED PRESSSarajevo - 2 October 202223. Official counting votes24. Wide of vote countingANNOTATION: The Sunday ballot was held amid growing fears that Russia might try to reignite the conflict in Bosnia to deflect attention from the war in Ukraine.STORYLINE:Reformists who ran on fighting corruption and clientelism in public office appeared set to win an important race in Bosnia’s elections.The win could give them greater sway over the direction of the country which has never fully recovered from its 1992-95 sectarian war and remains divided along ethnic lines. The first preliminary results released by Bosnia’s central election commission early Monday showed cooperation-prone contenders Denis Becirovic and Zeljko Komsic on course to win respective Bosniak and Croat seats in the tripartite presidency.However, the reformists were likely to be joined by Zeljka Cvijanovic from the strongest Bosnian Serb party – the secessionist and staunchly pro-Russian SNSD. Moscow has often been accused by the West of seeking to destabilize the country and the rest of the Balkans through its Serb allies in the region.The Sunday ballot was held amid growing fears the Kremlin might attempt to reignite the conflict in Bosnia to deflect attention from its campaign in Ukraine. The election included contests for the three members of Bosnia’s shared, multiethnic presidency, the president of one of its two highly autonomous parts, and parliament deputies at different, in part overlapping, levels of governance. Bosnia’s institutional set-up, often described as one of the most complicated in the world, was introduced by a US-brokered peace agreement that ended the war in the 1990s between its three main ethnic groups - Muslim Bosniaks, Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats. Under the terms of the agreement, Bosnia was divided into two highly independent entities - one run by Serbs and the other shared by Bosniaks and Croats - which have broad autonomy but are linked by joint, multi-ethnic institutions. All countrywide actions require consensus from all three ethnic groups.If the preliminary results hold, Cvijanovic will take over the post from her political party's boss, Milorad Dodik, who chose to run for the president of Bosnia’s Serb-run part rather than seek a second term in the shared, countrywide presidency. Both Dodik, and his main contender, Jelena Trivic, proclaimed victory in the race for the Bosnian Serb president.Their claims will be tested later on Monday, when the election commission is expected to announce preliminary results of the presidential ballot for Bosnia’s Serb-run part and the races for parliament deputies at the state, entity and regional levels. Prior to the polls, analysts predicted that the long-entrenched nationalists of all ethnic stripes, who have enriched cronies and ignored the needs of the people, will remain dominant in the legislatures at all levels, largely because the sectarian post-war system of governance leaves pragmatic, reform-minded Bosnians with little incentive to vote.Election turnout on Sunday was 50% or over two percentage points down from the 2018 general election. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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