he parliament of the Bosnian Serb entity, Republika Srpska (RS) has elected a new government, headed by primer minister Milorad Dodik. Of the 14 ministers in Dodik's new cabinet voted in Thursday night four are Muslims, two Croats and the rest are Serbs.

27.7.2010.

Banjaluka, 1 Dec.  The parliament of the Bosnian Serb entity, Republika Srpska (RS) has elected a new government, headed by primer minister Milorad Dodik. Of the 14 ministers in Dodik's new cabinet voted in Thursday night four are Muslims, two Croats and the rest are Serbs.

Dodik was a care-taker premier in the government preceding 1 October parliamentary elections in which his Alliance of Independent Social Democrats won an absolute majority and a mandate to rule in the next four years.

After being elected with 60 votes in favour and 16 against, Dodik said his government would focus on economy and protection of the rights and property of all citizens, regardless of nationality and religious beliefs.

Under the Dayton peace accord that ended the 1992-1995 civil war, Bosnia was divided into two entities, a Muslim-Croat federation and RS, with most state prerogatives. The international community, which safeguards peace in Bosnia, has been gradually stripping entities of their powers for the sake of strengthening the central government and majority Muslims have stepped up a drive to abolish entities altogether and to create a unitary state. Local Serbs and Croats resist the move.

Dodik told parliament that if the demands for the abolition of RS didn't stop he would call a referendum on independence. The international community has said it would not recognize such referendum, but Dodik said Bosnia should be further decentralized and reorganized as a federal state.

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