A controversial decision to fix a dysfunctional election law can enable the formation of a new government and prevent looming financial collapse in the country’s Federation entity, but Bosniak parties will appeal against it. Under strong local and international pressure, Bosnia’s Central Election Commission, CIK, on Tuesday adopted a decision fixing the country’s dysfunctional election law and enabling the establishment of a new government in the Federation entity, which it has lacked since last October’s elections. The formation of a new Federation government by the end of the year would stave off a looming financial collapse in the entity. The CIK adopted the decision by a 5-2 vote, as the two Serbs, two Croats and one ‘other’ ethnic delegate on the CIK outvoted its two Bosniak representatives.
The decision becomes effective after it is published in the Official Gazette, but this will probably be postponed since several Bosniak parties and officials have already condemned the ruling as unconstitutional and have announced they will appeal against it at Bosnia’s Constitutional Court.
“This is a solution that perhaps will not be a solution, considering [upcoming] appeals to the [state-level] Constitutional Court,” Zlatiborka Popov Momcinovic, a Sarajevo-based political analyst, told BIRN.