HNS BiH calls on High Rep to impose election law changes, prevent BiH break-up

NEWS 23.07.202219:14

The HNS BiH and HDZ BiH group in the Federation entity's parliament have called on the High Representative and the international community to reject pro-Bosniak pressures, impose electoral law amendments, and prevent the Federation from becoming a Bosniak state and BiH from breaking up.

We call on the international administration in Bosnia and Herzegovina not to give in to pressures and to persevere in seeking solutions that will fully stabilise BiH as a country of three constituent peoples and all its citizens, on BiH's Euro-Atlantic journey, and in building a country that young people won't leave, the group of Croat parties in the Federation parliament's House of Peoples said in a statement on Saturday.

It was reported earlier this week that the international community's High Representative to BiH, Christian Schmidt, plans to amend the electoral law and introduce a three-percent census to prevent the abuse of the election of delegates to the Federation parliament's upper house.

Since then, the pro-Bosniak parties and the public have been strongly campaigning against Schmidt. The SDP BiH today called his move racist, while BiH Presidency member Zeljko Komsic said it had anti-Islamic motives.

Introducing a three-percent threshold would prevent Bosniaks in some of the Federation's ten cantons who declared themselves as Croats from being elected to the Croat group in the upper house anymore. The group is key to the election of the executive authority in the Croat-Bosniak entity.

For the October general elections, Bosniak parties have announced the election of a number of Croat delegates in order to oust from the government the leading Croat parties for which most Croats in BiH vote.

The HNS BiH parliamentary group, which gathers Croat political parties, dismissed the pressures and campaign against Schmidt, saying that all Bosniak parties have revealed their Bosniak nationalism.

According to the Croat parties, the Bosniaks’ attempt to take over control in the Federation would lead to the cancellation of the Washington and Dayton agreements, which they say might cause a new crisis and BiH's break-up.

They say that Schmidt is trying to impose a solution that the Bosniak parties obstructed during talks on electoral reform with the mediation of the US and the EU earlier this year.

“The Bosniak side, on the other hand, advocates a status quo with the goal of transforming the Federation into a Bosniak statelet and the Croats into a political minority,” the statement said.

The constituency of the peoples, as stipulated by the Constitution, and legitimate political representation, as established by the Constitutional Court in the Ljubic ruling, must be achieved in the election process, it added.

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