Analysis 16 May 17

Bosnian Serbs’ Stale Politics Face Big Shakeup

The once stagnant and monotonous political scene in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity is now in a state of unusual turmoil, which could lead to major changes.

Srecko Latal, Danijel Kovacevic
BIRN
Sarajevo, Banja Luka
The RS National Assembly. Photo:Darko Gavric/CC BY-SA 3.0

The opposition parties that are part of the Alliance for Change submitted a request to the RS National Assembly Monday for a vote of no-confidence to be held against the RS government. On Wednesday, the RS National Assembly set May 31 as the date of the vote.

Branislav Borenovic, leader of one of the main opposition parties, the Party of Democratic Progress, PDP, told BIRN that the main reasons for the no-confidence vote included poor GDP growth, growing budget deficits, internal and external debts, falling living standards and the general “tycoon-isation” of the RS.

The opposition bloc has pressed on with this initiative despite lacking the votes to topple the government; the move is meant primarily to signal the start of a serious offensive against the RS ruling coalition, opposition officials told BIRN.

Given the turmoil both within and between the two opposing political blocs in RS, the no-confidence vote may mark the end of years of stale politics in RS and the beginning of a major overhaul, experts say.

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