Vice presidents of Bosnia's Federation entity (FBiH) Melika Mahmutbegovic and Milan Dunovic wrote to international community's High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt on Friday, warning that entity president Marinko Cavara is violating procedures for the appointment of Constitutional Court judges, which he announced earlier same day.
The officials told Schmidt, the international envoy who oversees the implementation of the Dayton Peace agreement and has special powers to impose laws and dismiss officials, that Cavara is already interviewing candidates for the vacant posts “self-initiatively” and contrary to procedures.
“President Cavara does not own the authority and legal basis, but neither does he own the competency to review and interview candidates for judges of the Constitutional Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina for whom the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina has already conducted the competition procedure and submitted the opinion of the Constitutional Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina about the candidates,” they said.
The reactions comes only hours after Cavara informed the High Representative he would appoint the judges in accordance with the Constitution and send the decision to further procedure.
The international envoy earlier addressed the Federation's top officials and parliament, urging them to fill in the vacant posts of the Constitutional Court of the FBiH.