OHR hosts talks of main ethnic Croat, Bosniak parties on government formation.

By bne IntelliNews March 14, 2011
Roderick W. Moore, the Principal Deputy High Representative at OHR in Sarajevo held talks with the major ethnic Croat and Bosniak parties in the Muslim-Croat Federation in an attempt to break the political stalemate in the entity that has so far formed no government more than five months after the general elections, Nezavisne novine daily reported. Moore met with representatives of the Croat parties the Croatian Democratic Union BiH (HDZ BiH) and HDZ 1990, as well as the strongest Bosniak parties the Social Democratic party (SDP) and the Party of Democratic Action (SDA). The talks resulted in some slight progress as the parties came closer in their views of the programme principles of the next government. However, the main obstacle for successful negotiations is the division of ministerial posts, for which the parties are not willing to make compromises. The election winner SDP insists of heading 8 ministries (out of the total 17 ministerial seats in the entity cabinet) in addition to the PM post it requires. At the same time, the ethnic Croat parties demand the quota of 5 ministries, which should be occupied by Croats according to the constitution.

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