BiH leaders reach an agreement on the formation of a new government

BiH leaders reach an agreement on the formation of a new government

Sarajevo, March 13, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Mladen Dragojlovic

House of Representatives of the Federation BiH Parliament will hold a session in Sarajevo next week to confirm the appointment of the new assembly of the Federation Government, Vice Chair of the House Saša Mitrović told the media on Friday.

He made this announcement after agreement reached by leaders of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA), Croatian Democratic Union of BiH (HDZ BiH), and Democratic Front (DF) for the formation of the F BiH Government on Thursday late in the afternoon. This agreement opened the door to the final formation of government institutions on state level.

Member of the presidency of DF, Damir Becirovic, told the media that the leaders agreed these parties to have five ministries in FBiH government each, and that the position of Finance minister would be subject to an agreement of DF, SDA, and HDZ BiH. On Friday, the leaderships of SDA, HDZ BiH and DF held a separate meetings to name the future ministers. Those names would be sent to the newly elected F BiH President, Marinko Cavara, who will call for a Parliamentary session to confirm the new government.

Similar expectations have the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic, because HDZ BiH, SDA and DF will nominate candidates for ministers on state level. He added that these names will be at his desk Friday afternoon, and that the session of the state Parliament is possible to take place next week. This will mean that BiH will get a new government institutions just a few days after the deadline set by law.

Negotiations on Thursday were everything but easy. Journalists in Sarajevo were confused with different information, since high officials from three coalition partners said that there is no negotiations at all. But, after several hours of waiting, president of HDZ BiH, Dragan Covic confirmed that they reached an agreement and that his party will take the ministries of Health, Justice, Culture and Sport, Spatial Planning and Transportation and Communications.

“I will propose the candidate for Minister of Finance, and together with SDA vice president Bakir Izetbegovic, and DF president, Zeljko Komsic, we will reach a decision. So it will be kind of a joint candidate. In this way we compromised and put an end to the serial of the formation of F BiH government, Covic told the media.

According to latest news, future Finance minister will be Jelena Milicevic from Mostar. SDA and DF confirmed that the official announcements of the candidates for ministers on entity and state level will be announced after the sessions of the main boards of these parties.