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Bosnia forms government for Bosniak, Croat entity

Bosnia and Herzegovina formed a government Friday for the Bosniak, Croat federation entity, one of two entities of the country.

The House of Representatives of Bosnia’s Federation (FBiH) entity Parliament appointed the new government after the High Representative used his substantial Bonn powers to ensure government formation by imposing new changes to its Constitution on Thursday.

It was Christian Schmidt’s second intervention in the Constitution in less than seven months.

The former FBiH government led by Prime Minister Fadil Novalic (Democratic Action Party - SDA) was in a technical mandate for four years after its mandate ended.

The decision was made to confirm the new composition of the FBiH government in a 51- 0 vote, with one abstention.

A protest in front of parliament took place during the session until the appointment of the new government.

The new government will be led by the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Nermin Niksic.

Schmidt announced Thursday that he used his Bonn powers to form the FBiH's government.

According to the decision published by the Office of the High Representative (OHR), the signatures of the vice presidents of the FBiH, which prevented the establishment of the entity's government, are not required.

''The Prime Minister, Vice-Presidents and Ministers of the Government of the Federation proposed by the President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the draft decision she signed on March 30, 2023, are hereby considered appointed,'' it said.

Schmidt said the FBiH was in a political deadlock and split between political blocs.

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