news 25 Feb 13

Dodik Announces Reshuffle of Republika Srpska Govt

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik confirmed media rumours that personnel changes within the Serb-led Bosnian entity’s government are imminent.

Ratka Babic
Banja Luka

Dodik announced on Sunday that in the next couple of days he will talk to Republika Srpska’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Dzombic about the reshuffle and that it will all be finalised within seven to ten days.

Although top officials from the entity’s leading party, the Union of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD, had been attempting to deny media reports of an impending reshuffle, Dodik said that four to five ministers would be replaced by new faces.

“I think there is a readiness to resolve problems in quite a civilised and friendly way and to give new strength to the government,” said Dodik.  

The announcement of the reshuffle comes amid continuing economic woes and high unemployment in Republika Srpska.

It is still unclear if Dodik will ask for Dzombic’s replacement. The resignation or dismissal of the prime minister would mean that the entire cabinet must also resign, according to the entity’s legislation.  

The SNSD, which is also led by Dodik, holds 37 of the 83 seats in the entity’s assembly. Its governing coalition partners, the Democratic People’s Alliance and the Socialist Party of Republika Srpska, hold six and two seats respectively.

Dodik stressed that the coalition itself would not change. He said if any of the SNSD’s coalition partners wanted to change their own ministerial line-ups, that was “their problem”.

Currently the SNSD holds 12 positions in the government, while the two coalition partners have two ministries each. Another minister comes from the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Republika Srpska’s national assembly elected the entity’s government in December 2010, after general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina in October that year.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Headlines:

fudge-over-bosnian-serbs-visits-to-trump-official-inauguration--01-20-2017
20 Jan 17

Bosnian Serb Invites to Trump Gala Disputed

Although the Republika Srpska's government website claimed the Prime Minister of the Bosnian entity was attending Donald Trump's inauguration, a US embassy statement suggested she was not the official invitee.

20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

20 Jan 17

Croatian School Removes Anne Frank Exhibition

20 Jan 17

Croatia Accused of Forcing Asylum-Seekers Out

20 Jan 17

Balkan States Eye Their Prospects in Trump Era

19 Jan 17

Trump and Trepidation

Premium Selection

birth-of-trump-era-divides-balkan-countries-01-20-2017
20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

Right-wing Serbs are euphoric while Romanians and Bosniaks are worried. All over the Balkans, governments and people are watching to see what a new era in US diplomacy brings.

kosovo-s-serbs-feel-frightened-insecure-and-misused-01-19-2017
19 Jan 17

Kosovo’s Serbs Feel Frightened, Insecure and Misused

Serbs in Kosovo say that the recent ‘propaganda train’ dispute between Belgrade and Pristina left them worried about their security and fearful that they are being used as political pawns.

18 Jan 17

Serbia Urged to Build on Results of 2016

17 Jan 17

Dodik’s Secession Talk Keeps Bosnia on Edge

17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

Latest News from the Balkans

20 Jan 17

Bosnian Serb Invites to Trump Gala Disputed

20 Jan 17

Croatian School Removes Anne Frank Exhibition

20 Jan 17

Croatia Accused of Forcing Asylum-Seekers Out