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Bosnian Serbs Vote for New President

Voters in Bosnia-Herzegovina's Serb-controlled entity were casting ballots for a new president Sunday, following the death of President Milan Jelic two months ago.

Ten candidates are running for the largely ceremonial post of president of the Bosnian Serb Republic, one of the country's two administrative entities. Prime Minister Milorad Dodik holds most of the power.

Rajko Kuzmanovic, the candidate of Mr. Dodik's Union of Independent Social Democrats, is the top contender for the post.

His close rival is Ognjen Tadic of the Serb Democratic Party, which was founded by Bosnia's top fugitive war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic.

The 1995 Dayton Peace Accords divided Bosnia-Herzegovina, a former Yugoslav republic, into two parts - the Bosnian Serb Republic and the Muslim-Croat Federation.

The two sides have long had their separate government and police forces, with Serbs rejecting European Union moves for more unification. Last month, Bosnian Serbs agreed to police and other structural reforms to allow the country to get closer to the European Union.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.