News 05 Jan 12

Vjekoslav Bevanda Named Bosnian PM

In an urgent session of Bosnia's presidency on Thursday, Vjekoslav Bevanda was named the country's new prime minister.

Elvira Jukic

After Bosnia's State Investigative and Protection Agency, SIPA, and Central Election Commission, CIK, verified Bevanda's personal data and his previous career achievements, unanimous approval was given by the three members of the state presidency, said Damir Becirovic, media advisor to Bosnian Presidency Chairman Zeljko Komsic.

“The documentation was sent to the State Parliament, and the session at the Presidency lasted for one hour,” Becirovic told Balkan Insight.

Bevanda was the sole candidate proposed by the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, one of the parties in the new government.

Bosnia's parliament is expected to formally appoint Bevanda, along with the other members of the new government, in the coming weeks.

At the moment, Bevanda is a member of the parliament of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, one of Bosnia's two entities. He served as the entity's finance minister and vice president of the Federation government from 2006-2010.

HDZ sent their candidate's name to the Presidency one day after the main political parties in the country reached agreement to form a government on December 28.

The leaders of Bosnia's six political parties, which were elected in a general election in October 2010, agreed on the formation of a new government in December, breaking the political deadlock that had gripped the country for 15 months.

The Council of Ministers will be made up of ten ministers; four will represent Bosniaks, three Serbs and three Croats, including Bevanda as the PM.

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