SARAJEVO, December 13 (FENA) – Presidents of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) Bakir Izetbegović, the Alliance for a Better Future of BiH (SBBBiH), Fahrudin Radončić, and the Democratic Front (DF), Željko Komšić, at today’s meeting reached an agreement on the formation of governments in BiH at different levels.
After the meeting, Izetbegović told reporters that “a coherent coalition, a pro-Bosnian component, from the Federation of BiH to the cantons, including the Sarajevo Canton, the Zenica-Doboj, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, etc., has been finally constituted.”
“When it comes to the level of the Federation of BiH, we also have made an agreement and we call on Dragan Čović and the HDZ BiH to open the process of formation, i.e., restructuring of the FBiH level of government; to take the first move by appointing the president and two deputy presidents of the FBiH,” said Izetbegović.
As for the cantons, he said that they will give a joint proposal for the cantonal prime ministers.
The SDA will take over seven ministerial positions in the Sarajevo Canton, the SBB BiH three and the Democratic Front two ministerial posts. The Assembly Speaker will be from the SDA.
Izetbegović stressed that they would pay special attention to the construction of infrastructure in the state and in the Sarajevo Canton, the economic issues, fight against corruption, etc.
“We will do everything to complete the formation of the Council of Ministers of BiH by December 23, so that the Reform Program related to NATO path of BiH could be sent to Brussels on December 24,” said the SDA President.
The Democratic Front leader Željko Komšić said this will be a Bosnian coalition.
He also said that the leaders of the three parties reached an agreement, and he called on the representatives of the HDZ BiH, that is, the president of that party and his associates to start forming the Government of the FBiH as soon as possible, or to nominate a person who should be the president of the FBiH, to begin the whole process of the entity-level government formation.
The SBB BiH President Fahrudin Radončić said that today they had very serious and productive talks as a continuation of earlier talks.
“We have agreed to build a strong pro-Bosnian-Herzegovinian and strong Bosniak coalition, at all levels of government – from the state, FBiH level and all the cantons. The division of ministries at the state level remains, we will agree on the FBiH one, although we have a principled agreement for the Sarajevo Canton,” said Radončić.
He announced that he would jointly propose candidates for the BiH Council of Ministers on Monday, “because it is a common assessment that it is BiH’s strategic interest to implement the Reform Program as soon as possible.”
“As far as the government in the Sarajevo Canton is concerned, we have agreed to dismiss it. A year ago, I publicly announced that SBB, as a coalition partner, is giving the government a year to show what it can do. I am personally not satisfied or impressed with what has been done so far,” said Radončić.
He emphasized that the new government will do much better, that it will have a better result in terms of new values and that “when it comes to fighting corruption, nepotism, we will be an example of how it is done, as a capital city, as a canton, as an example for the entire BiH”.
When it comes to the candidate for the prime minister of the Sarajevo Canton, Izetbegović did not want to talk about specific names, only saying that he should be a joint candidate and that he “should not be a partisan candidate, be tied to all three parties, that is, he would have to be a person that would work in the interest of people living in the Sarajevo Canton.”
Asked when the new convocation of the Sarajevo Canton Government is expected, he replied that they have agreed to first jointly support the budget and then proceed with the reorganization, that is, the establishment of a new Sarajevo Canton Government.
Asked about the distribution of positions in the FBiH Government, Izetbegović said the SDA would have a prime minister and five ministers, the Democratic Front would have three ministers and SBB BiH would have two ministers.
“Today is Friday the 13th. Some will not be happy, but I am convinced that this will be good for BiH,” Izetbegović concluded.