As Croatia celebrates Independence Day, October 8th, the Croatian Prime Minister commented on the results of the general election held in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina on October 7th.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said first and foremost he welcomed the holding of general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina and congratulated all of the elected officials at all levels of government. He emphasized his regret however, that once again, thanks to the existing legal framework, the elections once again saw a repeat of previous elections in which the members of one constituent peoples were able to elect the representatives of another constituent peoples to the Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency. He concluded that this was obvious from the election results.
“The goal is for all three constituent peoples to feel good, to be attached to their homeland, Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the prime minister said. He stressed that the Croat member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Čović, had made key advancements in Bosnia and Herzegovina's path towards the EU over the past four years. Adding the he believes that this fact could have and should have been honored by a fair electoral system. “Among EU member states Bosnia and Herzegovina definitely does not have a bigger and more honest ally than Croatia,” Plenković said.
“We will continue to cooperate with the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to build good and quality relations, but we will also strive to respect the principle of the equality of all three constituent peoples. Especially the smallest of those three communities, the Croats, for whom this scenario we witnessed last night is not good. But the result is also not good for Bosnia and Herzegovina as well,” the prime minister concluded.