BiH, finally, has a new Council of Ministers

BiH, finally, has a new Council of Ministers

More than a year after the elections, the members of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed the appointment of a new convening of the Council of Ministers.

The new convocation is headed by Zoran Tegeltija (SNSD) and the ministers are: Vjekoslav Bevanda (HDZ) – Minister of Finance and Treasury, Ankica Gudeljević (HDZ) – Minister of Civil Affairs, Josip Grubesa (HDZ) – Minister of Justice, Vojin Mitrović (SNSD) – Minister of Transport and Communication, Staša Košarac (SNSD) – Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Fahrudin Radončić (SBB) – Minister of Security, Bisera Turković (SDA) – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Sifet Podžić (DF) – Minister of Defense of BiH.

Deputy Ministers are Dževad Mahmutovi (SDA) – Deputy Minister for Human Rights and Refugees, Nedžad Branković (SDA) – Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications, Nezir Pivić (SDA) – Deputy Minister of Justice, Hazim Rančić (SDA) – Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury , Sinisa Ilić (United Srpska) – Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs, Mirko Okolić (SNSD) and Mijo Krešić (HDZ) – Deputy Minister of Defense, Ljiljana Lovrić (HSS) – Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, and Josip Brkić (HDZ) – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

29 deputies voted in favor, eight voted against, while one abstained.

Mlađan Božović, the DNS candidate for minister of human rights and refugees, should be confirmed subsequently. His appointment is accompanied by a number of scandals as several former colleagues and associates have accused him of mobbing, corruption and abuse of office. However, as he told reporters, the court dismissed all the charges and no proceedings are pending against him.

As previously agreed, immediately after the appointment of the new Council of Ministers, a Reform Program will be sent to NATO headquarters in Brussels. The opposition in Republika Srpska consider this document as the Annual National Plan (ANP), bringing BiH closer to the Alliance despite decisions by the National Assembly of the Republika Srpska on military neutrality.

Interestingly enough, it seems that the BiH Presidency member from the Serbian people, Milorad Dodik, will present the Reform Plan to members of the entity Parliament after the document has already been sent to Brussels. This would practically mean that, even if the debate proves that it is, or is very close to the ANP, MPs will not be able to do anything.

BiH’s political games will continue very soon, and this may seem to be one of the more interesting mandates since the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement./ibna