A Bosnian woman casts her ballot at a poling station in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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Nationalist parties easily won local elections in Bosnia, including contests in the Bosnian Serb half of the country where victories bolstered the position of the region's long-time leader, preliminary results early Monday morning showed.Election officials said slightly more than half of the approximately 3.2 million eligible voters cast ballots, and in the Bosniak-Croat Federation, the respective nationalist parties almost completely defeated their non-nationalist rivals.Dodik's opponents – the Alliance for Changes – focused their campaign on bread-and-butter economic issues, while accusing him of corruption and of throwing the region into poverty.But he managed to shift Serb voters' attention away from the corruption accusations by holding, a week before the election, a referendum in Republika Srpska over a disputed holiday celebrated in that region.
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