BiH: Dodik continues to humiliate the institution of Presidency

BiH: Dodik continues to humiliate the institution of Presidency

Nobody in Bosnia and Herzegovina believed that Serb member of the BiH Presidency, Milorad Dodik, will fulfil the promise that he will bring the accordion player in the Presidency building to sing for him before the session on Monday.

But, he really fulfilled it.

Just a few days ago, Dodik said to journalists that he will do this and that they will sing the song “There is no more of you, Alija”, which refers to the late Alija Izetbegović, the first Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the founder of the strongest Bosniak party in the country, the Democratic Action Party (SDA). Until this morning it was just a good joke, but then the accordion player appears and entered the building. According to Twitter posts, the atmosphere in Dodik office was relaxed – he and several other Serb representatives in the joint institutions BiH were sitting and singing various songs, but most of them was coloured in the Serb nationalism. There was also some alcoholic drinks at the table. In one moment, he called his mother to tell her that one particular song was dedicated to her.

The afterparty was held at the Presidency session – Dodik disagreed with all issues on the agenda.

The other two members of the Presidency, political parties from Federation BiH and opposition parties from Republika Srpska condemned this act which “humiliate the institution of BiH Presidency”.

BiH Presidency Chairman Željko Komšić, when asked to comment on bringing accordionists to the Cabinet of BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik, said he thought Dodik had also humiliated himself.

“I think that with this move, Dodik humiliated himself, in a way. But that is a matter of his choice. It is our obligation or my obligation not to allow it to humiliate the institution. We asked the Internal Security Service to declare themselves, I immediately asked them to find out who brought the accordion. People told me that the accordion was brought by a person who introduced himself as Dodik’s advisor,” said Komšić.

He added that, according to him, the accordionist is a completely unnecessary and meaningless provocation.

“If Dodik continues with that practice, of course, we have ways to stop that, so that the accordionist does not enter the Presidency of

BiH anymore. But the question is – was it actually a provocation or he was looking for an incident that could go in an unforeseen direction and we would talk at this moment completely differently in relation to this now,” said Komšić.