The regional daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) analyzed, on Thursday, the situation in BiH ahead of Sunday's general elections, quoting High Representative Christian Schmidt who announced that he would persist in changes to the Election Law after the October general elections in the country, regardless of the expected resistance.
“Previously, many Bosniaks saw the function of the High Representative as an ally because they expected him to use his powers to centralize Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is in the interests of the Bosniaks,” the author of the text, who is otherwise known as a connoisseur of conditions in the Southeast European region, Michael Martens wrote.
In the text titled “If necessary, by means of a decree”, he deals with the phrase “civic Bosnia,” often used by German politicians. “Behind the term ‘civic Bosnia,’ in which every vote has the same weight, there was often the desire of Bosniaks to use their numerical superiority in a differently constructed Bosnia,” Martens claims.
He states that the fact that Schmidt does not put the blame for the country's problems on only two options in the country is a thorn in the side of many. “Although Schmidt does not minimize or deny the danger of the radical rhetoric of Croat and Serb politicians, he does not see them as the only reason for problems in the country,” the FAZ analysis states.
The text further states that Schmidt's actions, among other things, want to prevent Bosniaks from “misusing their numerical superiority in the ethnic proportional system of the country in order to marginalize the Croats”.
“I was told by a person from a Bosniak party milieu that it is of course not a true representation of Croats when someone with clearly recognizable Bosniak origins declares himself a Croat,” Schmidt told FAZ.
Schmidt also said that there was no time to impose an amendment to the Election Law before the October 2 general election.
“The blockade is still not resolved. In any case, when I make decisions, I will make them in such a way that they can be procedurally implemented and be legally binding. Otherwise, I wouldn't even start with them,” Schmidt said.