Plenkovic, Izetbegovic to discuss Bosnia election reform

NEWS 10.01.2022 20:48
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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic is to hold a working meeting in Dubrovnik on Monday evening with Bakir Izetbegovic, president of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Party of Democratic Action, about the situation in BiH and its election reform.

Plenkovic told the press in Dubrovnik the meeting was “a continuation of the dialogue.”

The two officials last met in Sarajevo last month, when Plenkovic was on an official visit to BiH.

He said tonight’s meeting would address BiH, “the agreements between the political parties, first and foremost the institutions, the key actors, on electoral legislation reform, preparations for the election, and a strong message of support to BiH in terms of the Croatian government’s stand on its territorial integrity, sovereignty and the intensifying of good neighborly relations.”

He said the focus would be “on looking for solutions as part of which the Croats, too, will be an equal constituent people, and on… the principle of legitimate representation being reflected during the election of the Presidency’s members from the Federation” entity.

On Saturday, Izetbegovic said he was confident there was room to agree on changes to the election law, on which the HDZ BiH party insists, to protect the rights of Croats.

“The election must be held. I don’t think the HDZ leadership will participate in some dramatic blockades, risking to join Dodik on various black lists,” he added, referring to Milorad Dodik, the BiH Presidency’s Serb member who is under US sanctions.

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