RS opposition parties in political offensive

RS opposition parties in political offensive

Banja Luka, September 14, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Mladen Dragojlovic

The events in the last several days and the political decisions of Republic of Srpska ruling Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) have given opposition parties enough reasons to begin a political offensive and criticise SNSD.

The altest was the announcement that RS president, and SNSD leader, Milorad Dodik, will send a controversial Law on rights of elected representatives for the period 1991 – 1996, which provides for monthly monetary compensation to all PMs in the first RS Assembly, elected in 1991. The draft of this law says that all of them will receive about 1,200 BAM (600 Euro) as a kind of reward for their historical contribution in RS established as the territory of Serb nation in BiH. This reward is about 1,5 times the average net salary in RS. If RS National Assembly adopts this law, it will cost the RS budget more than 2 million BAM (1 million Euros) per year.

The first voice against this bill came from opposition Serb Democratic party (SDS) and its representatives in RS NA. On a press conference in Banja Luka, on Monday, they said that they will not support this law. The reason is, as SDS leader Mladen Bosic said, that Dodik suggested this law guided by personal goals and with the aim to enlarge the conflict with SDS. He added that the Law provides equal rights for those who were working in the best manner for RS and to those who acted as the opposition. In this opposition, surprisingly, was Milorad Dodik.

“We respect all those who participate in establishing of RS. Those delegates had enough courage to stay on the forehead of SDS and lead the political process. They deserve all credits. But, we do not agree to give the same financial compensation to the president of RS NA at the time and to representatives who were in opposition. That is why SDS consider this law to be unfair”, Bosic said.

The visit of Croatian president, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, to Banja Luka and her meeting with Milorad Dodik was also critisied by the opposition. Opposition leaders said that the visit was welcome but not a day before the 20th anniversary of the attack of the Croatian army on Serb territories during the war in BiH. The paradox, as Party of democratic progress (PDP) said in the press release, is that Dodik met Grabar Kitarovic in the break of her trip to the celebration of Croatian army attack. In this war operation a large number of Serb civilians was killed.

“Also, Dodik didn’t ask Grabar Kitarovic anything about the nuclear waste which are supposed to be deployed near the border with BiH and just a few kilometers from city of Novi Grad, in RS, the PDP says in its announcement.

At the end of last week, RS opposition strongly critisised the conclusions of the so called “structural dialogue on the judiciary system in BiH”, which took a place in Brussels. Ministers of justice and judiciary institutions in BiH, as RS Government announced, took a step forward and plan to establish the BiH High Court, which in future will take some responsibilities from existing BiH Court. This, as the Government said, is essential for the liberation of the judiciary system from political influence. The opposition, however, called this agreement “false victory” because it means that BiH will just have one more institution and nothing else.

“The announced referendum on the judiciary system in BiH is about nullification of BiH Court and Prosecutor office, but Brussels protocol provide one new institution on state level. This protocol doesn’t provide for the nullification Dodik wants as a result of the referendum”, opposition Peoples Democratic Movement leader, Dragan Cavic, told reporters.