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AKI Bosnia: New presidency sworn in

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  • sibercor2000
    http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level_English.php?cat=Politics&loid=8.0.357021931&par=0 ADN KRONOS INTERNATIONAL (ITALY) BOSNIA: NEW PRESIDENCY SWORN IN Sarajevo,
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 6, 2006
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      ADN KRONOS INTERNATIONAL (ITALY)

      BOSNIA: NEW PRESIDENCY SWORN IN

      Sarajevo, 6 Nov. (AKI) - Haris Silajdzic, Nebojsa Radmanovic and Ivo Komsic
      were sworn in on Monday as new members of Bosnia's collective state
      presidency which acts as head of state, representing the country's three
      groups - Bosnian Muslims, Serbs and Croats. The rotating state presidency
      was established by the Dayton peace accord that ended Bosnia's civil war in
      1995 and members are elected for a four-year term. The presidency is the
      first institution to be officially inaugurated since the elections on 1
      October. Political parties are still negotiating coalitions before forming
      the parliamentary assembly and central government.

      Silajdzic, who was premier and foreign minister in the war-time government
      of late president Alija Izetbegovic, is currently the leader of the Party
      for Bosnia-Herzegovina. He defeated his Muslim predecessor Sulejman Tihic in
      elections on 1 October.

      Radmanovic, a member of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, scored
      a crushing victory among Serb voters, while Komsic ran on the list of Social
      Democrats, led by a Muslim, Zlatko Lagumdzija.

      Bosnian Croats, the country's third ethnic group, have complained they would
      not accept Komsic, because he was elected with Muslim votes, but they lacked
      legal instruments to deny him the presidency seat.

      The international community, which safeguards peace in Bosnia, has pressed
      for constitutional changes which would eliminate the collective presidency
      and distribute other executive powers among the three ethnic groups, but
      local politicians blocked the changes last April. The three men will rotate
      every eight months as presidency chairman, with Radmanovic taking the first
      turn.

      At a swearing ceremony in Sarajevo, attended by members of diplomatic corps,
      international and local officials, Radmanovic said the presidency must stick
      to the constitutional provisions, which regulate its role in order to
      "function in the interest of all citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina".

      (Vpr/Aki)

      Nov-06-06 16:07
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