Collapse of Bosnia's Ruling Coalition Deepens Crisis

Bosnia's ruling coalition has effectively collapsed after the three main parties in the Federation failed to agree on the makeup of the entity's new government on Sunday. 

This development puts in question the recent agreement on the formation of the new state government, and threatens to push the country deeper into political chaos five months after the elections. 

Talks were held in Sarajevo on Sunday aimed at finding an agreement on how to distribute eight Bosniak, five Croat and three Serb ministerial positions in the new Federation government. 

Zeljko Komsic, from the predominately Bosniak party of Democratic Front, DF, walked out of the meeting after only half an hour, leaving his two other counterparts, Bakir Izetbegovic from the Bosnian national Party of Democratic Action, and Dragan Covic from the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ. 

Komsic told journalists that the negotiations had failed and that the DF will not be a part of the new Federation government, but that his party was willing to support the reform programmes of a minority government in order to avoid further political crisis.

"The Democratic Front will have no ministers in the new Federation government," Komsic confirmed.

"They have our support to form the government [without the DF] and how will they agree further on, I do not know," he added.

Later on Sunday, another senior DF leader, Sifet Podzic warned that the party was also ready to abandon its positions in the state government, the Council of Ministers.

At a previous meeting, Covic insisted on all five Croat and one Serb positions, Komsic doubled his initial request from three to six ministerial positions, while Izetbegovic, who previously wanted all eight Bosniak seats...

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