High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt called for the creation of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBIH) from two entities in BiH.
Schmidt made remarks to reporters about the fact that the FBIH government could not be formed despite the time that had elapsed after the October 2 general elections in the country.
Noting that the deadline for establishing the FBI has expired today, Schmidt noted, “After many discussions, I would like to remind all politicians to do their job. Here we see the struggle of political parties for power, not the struggle of citizens. This struggle between political parties must be resolved.” Use the phrase.
Schmidt noted that the will of the electorate must become a “political fact” and emphasized that otherwise there would be no talk of democracy.
“For a strong country, we need a strong federation”
Schmidt drew attention to the urgent need for the FBIH to become operational, and said, “We need a strong union for a strong country. The citizens of this country deserve a good future and progress here at home.” He rated it.
Schmidt called on all politicians in power and the opposition to “work constructively” and stressed that in the event of failure to reach an agreement, he will act, and this invitation is the last, and he will not make another invitation.
General elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina
General elections were held in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 2 October 2022, Bosnian member Denis Bešerović, Croatian member Željko Komšić and Serbian member Željka Cvijanović were elected.
In its session on December 22, 2022, the Presidential Council tasked Borgana Kristo of the HDZ with forming the government at the state level.
Among the two entities in the country, Milorad Dodik was elected President of Republika Srpska, and the government of Republika Srpska was established on December 21. On February 28, Lydia Bradara was appointed head of the FBI.
Pradara announced on 30 March that he had entrusted the task of forming the federal government to the chairwoman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Nermin Niksic.
The FBIH government could not be formed due to the debates of the political parties over who would be in the government.
Office of the High Representative and High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina
In addition to the complex political structure created by the Dayton Peace Treaty, which ended the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Office of the High Representative (OHR), also created at Dayton, has the power to make laws in case of need.
The Human Rights Office oversees the implementation of the Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina on behalf of the international community. The High Representative also coordinates the activities of international institutions operating in the country.
The High Representative, who submits annual reports to the United Nations on developments and problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has broad powers known as the “Bonn powers”. The High Representative is able to expel persons who interfere with the implementation of peace in the country, including members of the Presidency Council, and to issue laws if necessary.
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