By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka
International community High representative in BiH, Valentin Inzko, said on Friday that he is ready to intervene if the leaders of political parties in BiH fail to establish government institutions in deadlines defined by the law.
“I will call a meeting if they fail to meet the deadlines. For example, the deadline for the House of people is 30 days after the publication of the official election results. I said it in several occasions and I will say that once again. I also will emphasised to leaders again that it is an act against the Constitution. I think that the leaders know that they cannot do things like they did after the previous elections and I hope that an intervention will not be necessary”, said Inzko to BiH media.
In previous elections, the establishment of the most important institutions, like the Council of Ministers, dragged on for several months beyond the deadline defined by the law. Because of the unclear situation that has been created after the elections, Inzko presumes that it can be repeated this year.
At the moment, the situation seems at least confusing in the Republic of Srpska. In the other BiH entity, Federation BiH, it is clear that the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) and the Democratic Front (DF) will establish most institutions and will have a majority in the entity’s Parliament.
RS parties are still so deeply divided in two blocks that the loose majority in National Assembly doesn’t mean stability. Also, RS president, Milorad Dodik, is the leader of ruling Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) and newly elected member of BiH Presidency, Mladen Ivanic, is the leader of the opposition Party of democratic progress (PDP). They must cooperate, but Dodik already ordered his cabinet stuff to move out of Ivanic’s office from the Mansion of RS President in Banja Luka. Word on the street is that Dodik hate Ivanic so much that he doesn’t want to see him in same building.
Ivanic’s PDP is a part of the opposition coalition called Alliance for changes, which signed a memorandum on cooperation with SDA and DF on state level of governance. These parties now have the majority in the still not inaugurated, BiH state Parliament, but the Dodik with his coalition partners want part of the cake as well. It is the kind of political pat position which everybody is trying to use in their favour. Dodik strongest argument is that SNSD and its partners won the elections in RS and that it will be very unusual for the strongest parties of this entity to be the opposition at state level.
As things stand, the key is in the hands of leader of Croatian democratic union (HDZ), Dragan Covic, who supports Dodik. But, Covic has already signed a memorandum of cooperation with SDA and DF for participation in the institutions on Federation BiH level. His statement that he respects Dodik and the coalition led by SNSD as winners of the elections in RS indicate that he will support this party on state level. In this way he made the situation more confusing than ever in post war history of BiH.
Like oil on the fire came the information that SDA representatives are ready to participate in a government on RS level, while at the same time, the vice president of the party, Bakir Izetbegovic, is one of the strongest opponents of Dodik and his SNSD on state level.
In this odd situation, maybe Inzko should schedule a meeting with the party leaders sooner, and stress upon them that their conflicts have a negative effect on the citizens who elected them.