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Bosnia: SDP-SDA Coalition Breaks Up

After the 2012 budget was approved by parliament, despite the opposition of the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, the leader of the Social Democrats, SDP, demanded that the party withdraw its ministers.

Elvira Jukic

The long-awaited 2012 budget was finally approved by the House of the Peoples of the Bosnian Parliamentary Assembly with only the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, one of the two Bosniak parties in the government, voting against it because ten of their proposed amendments were refused.

The leader of the Social Democratic Party, the other de facto Bosniak party in the government, met with Sulejman Tihic, the president of SDA president, and demanded that he withdraws from the state government.

“I told Tihic what is the logical next step – we expect their two ministers and a deputy minister to leave their posts in the Council of Ministers,” Lagumdzija said.

“Tihic thinks they should not do that, they want to stay like this...it is clear to me that they do not want to participate in any kind of changes including the Sejdic and Finci [human rights ruling] implementation,” Lagumdzija added.

“My next move will be to ask the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Vjekoslav Bevanda, to remove those men from the posts,” Lagumdzija said after the meeting with Tihic on Thursday.

Referring to a question by Balkan Insight, Lagumdzija said that the entity and cantonal SDA-SDP coalitions will follow the state-level coalition and might also break up.

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