Analysis 03 Jan 18

Bosnia in 2018: Country Braces for Logjams and Turbulence

From general elections threatened by a faulty election law to the deepening political crisis and a blocked path to the EU path, Bosnia is facing both old as well as some new challenges.   

Mladen Lakic, Danijel Kovacevic and Srecko Latal
BIRN
Sarajevo
The large flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been unvelied in Sarajevo in late November. Photo: Samir Jordanovic/Anadolu

In the Christmas/New Year holidays season in Bosnia and Herzegovina, most people will be exchanging only meagre gifts along with the usual wishes – for good health, more jobs, less corruption and better living standards.

Based on local governments’ pitiable results in 2017, these wishes appear slim hopes, as the citizens brace for what could be one of the most challenging years in the recent history of the country.

Summarizing the year coming to its end, the Centre of Civic Initiatives, CCI, noted that 2017 saw “a complete standstill” in the work of Bosnia’s state parliament and government.

“Relations are disturbed in the Presidency, in the state parliament, and even in the Council of Ministers and the ruling coalition practically does not exist any longer,” Ana Lucic from CCI said on December 11, when this organization presented its report, monitoring the work of institutions in 2017.

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