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Upheaval in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dodik will be the president of Republika Srpska, while Komšić will be the Croatian member of the presidency

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The high representative of the international community, Christian Schmid, changed the electoral law on election day

Denis Bećirović and Željka Cvijanović, a candidate of the united Bosniak opposition, were elected to the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the partial results of the elections. For the Croatian member of the presidency, Borjana Krišta was tipped to win, but Željko Komšić overtook her.



As reported by the correspondent of RTV Slovenia from the Balkans Boštjan Anžinis among all the candidates for the highest positions in the country’s first you can began to rejoice the new Bosniak member of the presidency Bećirović. He was supported by 11 opposition Bosniak parties, and according to the unofficial results of the State Election Commission (CIK), published around midnight, he received 55.78 percent of the vote, while Izetbegović received 39.31.

“I didn’t make false promises during the campaign. I know what you can do’s and don’ts. It’s time for a positive turnaround in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Becirović and called for the Union to the countries grant candidate status as soon as possible. His victory is seen by many as a step from ethnic to civic concept of the country, Anžin also reported.

The leader of the largest Bosniak party SDA Bakir Izetbegović it is in suffered a big defeat in the match with Bećirović. After it was clear that he would obviously not be elected as a member of the BiH Presidency, Izetbegović asserted that the party was not in fall, but in climb. “How to expect victory over 11 united parties and some embassies is an open secret. If there were nine of them I would defeat them, 11 I could not,” said Izetbegović.

Željka Cvijanović she did not have a serious rival among the candidates for a member of the presidency from the ranks of the Serbian nation. She was said to have won with 51.65 percent of the vote, followed by her Mirko Šarović with 36.83 percent of the vote.

However, Dodik defeated Jelena Trivic

They won in also announced on Sunday in the Serbian PDP party. Their candidate Jelena Trivic namely, as they announced, she should become the president of Republika Srpska, since she received 51.2 percent of the votes. According to them, this is how she should defeat the leader of the largest Serbian party SNSD and the current Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, who ran for president of the Republika Srpska in the current elections.

Today’s partial results of the Central Election Commission show that Dodik is who he is in also declared victory on Sunday, receiving around 30,000 more votes than Jelena Trivic and will thus be the president of the Republika Srpska.


Miroslav Dodik.  Photo: Reuters

Neighbor received more votes than Borjana Krišto

In the fight for the Croatian city in to the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the first partial results of the Central Election Commission – these were based only on the counted of votes from less than 40 percent of polling stations in Republika Srpska and just under 55 percent in To the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina – a sign of victory Borjane Kristo from the HDZ BiH, which was supported by all Croatian parties, received 51.36 percent of the vote and thus defeated the current Croatian member of the presidency Željko Komšićwhich received 48.64 percent of the vote. “I can say that I feel like the winner of the Croatian nation. If the results had been different, I would have you can the biggest loser Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Borjana Krišta said, according to Anžina.

According to the latest CIK data, 84.75 percent were counted of votesKomšić overtook his opponent, receiving 53.61 percent of the vote, while Borjana Krišto received 46.39 percent of the vote.

Komšić, who the Croats do not accept as their legitimate representative, expected a victory, which would be his fourth.

According to the candidate of the largest Croatian party in The Croatian nation showed its responsibility to Borjana Krišto BiH by submitting the candidacy of one joint candidate. “I mean, it’s what we have in at this moment, the fact that the results from all the cantons with a Croatian majority show that the HDZ and the parties gathered around the HNS (Croatian National Assembly, coalition of Croatian parties) have a convincing victory. This is the victory of the Croatian nation in BiH,” she declared and announced that she is the only candidate of the Croatian nation.

HDZ BiH leader Dragan Čović emphasized that without the Croatian nation and the Croatian National Assembly, it will not be possible to conduct politics in BIH. “BiH has only one path, and that is the Euro-Atlantic path. BiH must be organized according to the principle of all three constituent nations, and these nations must be represented by legitimate representatives,” he said.

This year’s elections were held under the old electoral law, which has been the cause of tension for many years in the country.

Schmidt’s surprise on election day

High representative of the international community in BiH Christian Schmidt it is in announced on Sunday shortly after the polls closed that he had adopted changes to the electoral law, including the selection of members of the House of Nations of the Federation Parliament.

In a public letter addressed to the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Schmidt emphasized that he had taken decisions that would ensure that their vote would be taken into account and that their democratic will would be respected. Among other things, he explained that he simplified many procedures and introduced mechanisms for unblocking and strict deadlines, which will ensure the functioning of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. “With today’s decisions, no party or anyone who is elected will be able to hold the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina hostage. I expect joint efforts and constructively collaboration,” he said.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković welcomed the changes to the electoral law of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the delegation of the European Union announced today that it was solely the decision of the High Representative.

“European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina took note of the decision of High Representative Schmidt on changes to the Constitution of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Election Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was solely the decision of the High Representative. The High Representative must have executive powers (i.e Bonn powers) to be used exclusively as a measure of last resort against irreparable illegal acts,” announced the EU delegation in Sarajevo. They emphasized that strengthening the functioning of BiH institutions is a key priority for BiH on the way in EU, reports the Croatian news agency Hina.

The changes introduced by Schmidt are already there in greeted by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Sunday evening. “We have always supported him in this, after the political negotiations failed actors in BiH,” Plenković announced via the Twitter social network. The Croatian Prime Minister added that the changes ensure the political survival of Croats in BiH and contribute to ensuring their legitimate representation in House of Nations of the Parliament of the Federation of BiH and in to the government of this Bosniak-Croatian entity.

Around 3.36 million eligible voters chose three members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, members of the lower house of the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the lower house of the Parliament of the Bosniak-Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Parliament of the Republika Srpska, the president and two vice-presidents in Sunday’s elections. the latter and members of the assemblies of the ten cantons of the federation.

Elections in BiH was monitored by around 60,000 observers, including almost 4,000 international ones. They recorded several incidents, irregularities and an attempt at major electoral fraud. The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections Under the Scrutiny has announced that it has identified 65 serious violations of the BiH Election Law.

The deadline for publishing the final and official results is 30 days from the election day. After the announcement of the official results, the second phase of the electoral process will follow, in which will indirectly choose representatives in the House of Nations of the Parliament of BiH and the Federation of BiH, as well as the president and two vice-presidents of this entity.

Source: Rtvslo

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