The Party of Democratic Progress (PDP) will not negotiate a coalition with the ruling party in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated part as the National Democratic Movement (NDP) did when it left the opposition bloc, PDP leader Branislav Borenovic said on Monday.
“We will not betray the people and the voters who supported us,” Borenovic said, adding that the party is united in the stance that “we are not for sale.”
The PDP remained within the opposition bloc in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated semi-autonomous entity of Republika Srpska (RS), the Alliance for Victory, after NDP leader Dragan Cavic last week announced that his party will leave the Alliance and that he spoke to Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik about a possible coalition.
Dodik is the leader of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), and after the results of the October General Election are implemented, he will be swapping his post of President of the Serb-dominated semi-autonomous RS entity in Bosnia for the position of the Bosnian Serb member of the state Presidency. His party won the election both on the state level and in the RS.
Apart from the NDP, the Doboj branch of another party within the opposition bloc, the Serb Democratic Party (SDS), also announced they would join the SNSD.
But for Borenovic, joining Dodik is not an option. He called upon all who are dissatisfied with the current RS government and want change to join his party, explaining that the PDP will insist on “the economic, demographic and especially moral reconstruction” of the RS. The PDP’s priorities are changes to the election law, law changes that would ensure more objective reporting by the public broadcaster, and the resolving of unsolved murders, especially the March killing of 21-year-old David Dragicevic, whose father believes that the RS Interior Ministry is either behind the killing or covering up the perpetrators.
Borenovic said that his party has high expectations from an upcoming Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) report.
“The report should confirm what we have been witnessing on election day: a lot of irregularities, a lot of negligence, breaches of election rules,” he said.