Covic and Plenkovic: Final agreement on electoral reform in BiH must be reached

NEWS 23.03.2022 12:25
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The Strategic Compass adopted by EU foreign and defence ministers recently clearly specified the “constituent peoples” in Bosnia and Herzegovina as the bearers of the constitutional sovereignty in the country, the leader of the strongest Bosnian Croat Party and the Croatian Prime Minister concluded.

The meeting between Croatia’s Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, and the Speaker of the BiH House of Peoples and leader of Bosnia’s Croat Democratic Union (HDZ BiH), Dragan Covic, came following the recent adoption of the Strategic Compass by EU foreign and defence ministers.

In a statement, the HDZ BiH said that this document specifies the “constituent peoples” in BiH, the three majority ethnic groups, as the bearers of the constitutional sovereignty of the country and that this concept is the fundamental starting point when it comes to further activities towards BiH.

“This document, which guides European foreign policy, clearly recognizes the overriding constitutional principle of the constituent peoples,” the party said.

Covic told Plenkovic that the talks on electoral reform held in Sarajevo recently produced some results until the final phase, which he accused the strongest Bosniak party in the country, the Party of Democratic Action (SDA), of “obstructing.”

Covic said the SDA wants to “completely change the constitutional architecture and powers of the House of Peoples,” according to the HDZ BiH.

“Harmonization of relations between the Bosniak and Croat people in the Federation (Bosnia’s FBiH entity) should be resolved through a fair and rational solution of the Election Law, free from all unconstitutional anomalies that enable discrimination and imposition of political representatives,” the party said.