Bosnian State Presidency session set to discuss the appointment of the prime-minister designate, which would be one of the final steps in the post-election government formation, was cancelled on Tuesday only minutes before it was supposed to begin.
“All three members agreed that the session shouldn’t take place. The reason why is that the conditions to hold the session were not met and, in my opinion, this left the room for an agreement within the next few days, to try and find a solution,” said Bosniak Presidency member Sefik Dzaferovic, who was the first to address the media after the failed session.
He added that the solution lies in the adoption of the disputable Annual National Programme (ANP) for the NATO and appointment of the prime minister-designate in Bosnia’s Council of Minister, which is the state-level government.
This was the second failed attempt of the State tripartite Presidency within one week to meet and endorse the disputed document for the NATO and appoint a candidate who would name the ministers in the state government.
Although the leaders of three strongest nationalist parties signed earlier this month an agreement that among other things stipulates the principles to form the government, the statements they gave in the following days showed the deal was not likely to be implemented within 30 days, as agreed.
The leaders of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) Milorad Dodik, the Croat Democratic Union (HDZ BiH) Dragan Covic and the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) Bakir Izetbegovic put the signatures on the document on August 5, in presence of the EU Ambassador in Bosnia Lars-Gunnar Wigemark.
The country’s road to NATO which was vaguely mentioned in the leaders’ agreement is a stumbling stone and has been preventing the government formation in the past ten months after the general election was held.
While the Bosniak and Croat representatives support the membership, the Serb political leadership is against it and is resolute in maintaining the stance on military neutrality.
Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik has said that there is no democracy in BiH since the high representative and foreigners are meddling in every segment of work of every body and added that the Serb side will not allow outvoting and monopolies on political representation.
“The constitutionality of the country has been violated by the violence of high representatives who broke the Dayton Agreement and committed an international crime. There is no democracy here,” Dodik told reporters in the Republika Srpska Seat in East Sarajevo.
He has stressed that the right to political representation is the basic issue, and Bosniaks usurped all the rights to representation in Sarajevo and are trying to impose the status quo.
“When you take this from a people, then you took all the rights. This is what Bosniaks in Sarajevo are doing at the moment,” Dodik said.
He explained that the theft of BAM 60 million by way of the BiH Indirect Taxation Authority, and disabling certification of public universities in East Sarajevo and Banjaluka also represents this.
“You do not give us the approval to build a natural gas pipeline from Belgrade to Banjaluka or are trying to disable the building of the Clinical Center with funds of the Dutch government on the principle of equal participation, and we are forced to take a loan to finish it. And this is supposed to be fine?” asked Dodik.
He has said that the non-functioning of bodies at the level of BiH is a framework for rampant corruption and crime, and added that all the peoples suffer because of it.
“I do not want any of my policies to be to the detriment of the Bosniak and Croatian peoples, but I do not want a policy that would result in the outvoting of my people. BiH can exist only on the full equality without these political games,” Dodik said.
According to him, the request of Croats to have the right to elect Croats is logical, and not that Bosniaks do it for them.
“What is not normal in this? Or, what is normal in the request of Bosniaks to elect their second member of the Presidency? This is injustice and favoring of an atmosphere of crime and corruption,” said Dodik, stressing that will insist on the fight against this occurrence.
When it comes to the BiH Constitutional Court, Dodik has said that former high-ranking SDA officials are incorporated in this judicial institution.
“You have a situation where two judges from the SDA and two foreigners vote to the detriment of Republika Srpska, vote to abolish our holiday, etc., and they expect us to applaud them?” Dodik asked, adding that he could not influence this issue because the Republika Srpska National Assembly elects two members of the Constitutional Court and the FBiH elects four – two Bosniaks and two Croats.