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Parliament reappoints Nikola Spiric as Prime Minister

Parliament reappoints Nikola Spiric as Prime Minister

Bosnia's Parliament reappointed Nikola Spiric as prime minister Friday, two months after he resigned to protest a proposed reform.
Spiric said he hopes to assemble a cabinet by the end of January.
Spiric resigned in October in protest over wide-ranging reforms to voting practices in the government and Parliament that were proposed by the country's international administrator, Slovak diplomat Miroslav Lajcak.
The changes were designed to end tactics of blocking reforms by boycotting sessions _ tactics that were used by all three ethnic groups in Bosnia, but most frequently by Bosnian Serbs.
While Bosniak and Croat parties supported the reform, Bosnian Serb parties opposed it and threatened to have their representatives in the central government resign if the reform was imposed. Spiric, a Bosnian Serb, was the first to do so.
However _ faced with the possibility of having Bosnia remain the only country in the Balkans without an pre-membership agreement with the European Union _ Bosnia's Serbs gave in and allowed this and other reforms to be approved by the Parliament.
This solved the crisis and Spiric was again put forward by his party as candidate for the prime minister's post. The Presidency proposed him on Thursday and Parliament appointed him on Friday.


Updated : 2021-03-06 20:13 GMT+08:00