Milorad Dodik and Zeljka Cvijanovic, the newly elected Bosnia’s Serb Presidency member, and the Republika Srpska (RS) President were officially sworn in, on Monday, to their posts in the RS National Assembly (RSNA).
Speaking to RSNA delegates, Dodik promised his policy would not change.
“I’m only changing my workplace, but I’m staying in the RS,” he said, thanking all those who voted for him. “The Republika Srpska is our base. It is sacred. Our country, the Republika Srpska, must be our top priority.”
According to him, the position of Serb Presidency member is in no way superior to the RS. On the contrary, it is inferior. His every decision will be made in coordination and agreement with the RS institutions, he said.
“What ever’s not in the interest of the RS, it would not be in the interest of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he stressed.
The new Republika Srpska President Zeljka Cvijanovic noted that her basic principle would be a strong, stable and prosperous Republika Srpska entity.
She added that stable institutions are a guarantee of execution of their commitments to the RS citizens and budget users. They are a guarantee of further infrastructure improvements and the overall development of the RS.
Both Dodik and Cvijanovic come from the nationalist Alliance of Independent Social Democrats who have had a firm grip on the RS for the past 12 years.
Dodik served as the RS Prime Minister and then as the RS President for two terms. During his term as the RS President, Cvijanovic server as the RS Prime Minister.