Bosnian Serb Zoran Tegeltija likely to become Bosnia's new Prime Minister

NEWS 17.12.2018 15:16
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The leader of the Bosniak Party of Democratic Action (SDA), Bakir Izetbegovic, said on Monday that it was likely that Bosnia's future government would be composed by members of the three major national parties, adding, however, that he would like to see a bloc of three centre-left parties included in the new cabinet.

Following consultations on the future make-up of Bosnia’s Council of Ministers, organised by the country’s tripartite presidency in Sarajevo, Izetbegovic said that a government consisting of representatives of the SDA, as well as the of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) led by Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik and of the Croat Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ BiH) was likely.

Although those three parties have enough seats on aggregate to enjoy the absolute majority in the state-level parliament, the SDA leader said that he thought that members of the centre-left Social Democrats (SDP), Nasa Stranka (“Our Party”), and the Democratic Front (DF) should be added to the Council of Ministers, “for the sake of the stability of government.”

The prime minister-designate is likely to be Zoran Tegeltija (SNSD), who has so far held the post of the Serb entity’s finance minister. He has been nominated by Dodik, who sits on the tripartite presidency, as the office of prime minister in the future government is to be filled by a Serb official, in compliance with the ethnic rotation of office-holders.

He is to replace Bosniak Denic Zvizdic (SDA) who took office in March 2015.

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