New Serb PM quick to demand more autonomy from Bosnia

Dzombic is seen as loyal to Dodik, who is now the Serb Republic's president who is accused of dividing unity of Bosnia.

New Serb PM quick to demand more autonomy from Bosnia

The Bosnian Serb Republic's new Prime Minister Aleksandar Dzombic said on Wednesday he would try to take back more powers from the central government, following now-President path.

Parliament approved his new cabinet by 46 votes to 30 against. It was the first government formed after an October general election in Bosnia, which is made up of a Serb Republic and a Muslim-Croat federation under a central government.

"We shall review all the competencies taken away from the Serb Republic and the work of all the agencies that have been forcibly created in (the central government) in Sarajevo," Dzombic told the deputies.

Dzombic was finance minister in the government of his predecessor Milorad Dodik.

"Decentralisation should be the permanent determination of Bosnia and it is the only guarantee of its survival," he said.

Dzombic is seen as loyal to Dodik, who is now the Serb Republic's president who is accused of dividing unity of Bosnia.

Dzombic's government for the Serb Republic includes 10 ministers from Dodik's ruling Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), four from its two smaller coalition partners, one from the main Bosnian Croat HDZ party and one independent. No Bosnian Muslim parties were included.

The opposition said his programme lacked concrete solutions for tackling the economic crisis, which has hit the region hard.

The governments in the Muslim-Croat federation and the centre have not yet been formed as opposing political blocs have failed to reach a power-sharing agreement.

Agencies

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