Leaders of the Social Democrats, one of the six ruling parties in Bosnia, and senior officials of the Alliance for the Better Future of Bosnia, SBBBiH, signed the protocol on cooperation for the upcoming reconstruction of governments at state, entity and cantonal levels.
Zlatko Lagumdzija, president of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, said after the meeting in Sarajevo on Friday that the two SDA ministers will be replaced by one minister from his own party and another one from the SBB.
“The reason for our disagreement with the SDA is not just the budget anymore. The budget just showed that this is not functioning," he said.
"I am sorry we got into this situation... we have tried with the SDA because we believed they could become a centre-oriented party but that, unfortunately, did not work out,” Lagumdzija added.
“Recently, the SDA started moving towards a type of radicalization, which neither Bosnia nor Bosniaks need,” Lagumdzija continued.
The SBB leader, Fahrudin Radoncic, owner of the most read newspaper in Bosnia, Dnevni Avaz, expects to become the new Security Minister while the SDP did not say who they would propose as the new Defence Minister.
Lagumdzija said the SDP had already dismissed SDA ministers in four cantons where they ruled in coalition: Tuzla, Zenica-Doboj, Una-Sana and the Canton of Sarajevo.
The protocol on cooperation between the SBB and SDP contains ten points, the main ones concerning social and economic reforms, health and education reforms, and the fight against corruption and crime.
The breakdown of the SDP-SDA coalition came after the SDA, one of the main Bosniak parties in parliament, refused to vote for the 2012 budget, which was adopted on Thursday.
Following the parliamentary session on May 31, Lagumdzija asked the SDA leader, Sulejman Tihic, to withdraw two of his ministers from the government because of their unwillingness to support such a key motion.
After Tihic refused to do so, Lagumdzija sent a letter to Vjekoslav Bevanda, Bosnia's Prime Minister, demanding dismissal of the SDA from the coalition government.
The procedure for relieving ministers of their posts has to be approved by Bosnia's state parliament. Lagumdzija warned that there is a possibility that the SDA could block the motion in the House of Representatives.
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