JULY 24 2012 15:28h
The Croat member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's state presidency, Zeljko Komsic, expressed hope on Tuesday that his departure from the Social Democratic Party (SDP) would help the party to abandon the agreement on constitutional amendments it had reached with the strongest Croat party, the HDZ BiH.
Komsic sent a written statement to Federal Television (FTV) saying that the document proposing constitutional changes, which was defined by the SDP at a meeting of its presidency last Friday, was discriminating against many ethnically undeclared citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"I hope my move will help the SDP leadership to abandon the arrangements that discriminate against a large number of people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and that they will return to arrangements that guarantee the same rights to all citizens of this country. It is time the SDP returned to what it promised people in 2010," said Komsic, who has up until now served as vice-president of the party.
Komsic hinted at a possibility of a new political party being established in case the SDP did not abandon the proposed amendments. "If no change occurs, then it is time for some new political processes and new political facts in Bosnia and Herzegovina," he said.
Print media in Bosnia and Herzegovina carried the news of Komsic's decision on their front pages, quoting several politicians as saying that the decision might additionally complicate the already complex political relations in the country.
Komsic walked out of a meeting of the SDP presidency on Friday after it backed the agreement on constitutional amendments reached with the two strongest Bosnian Croat parties, the HDZ BiH and the HDZ 1990, and with the Alliance for a Better Future. The arrangement would reduce the possibility of Croat, Bosniak or Serb representatives being elected by members of other ethnic groups.
Komsic was twice elected as the Croat member of the state presidency as the SDP's candidate, receiving the fewest votes in Croat-majority areas. (Hina)