Bosnia’s government collapses

Well, sort of. Bosnia’s government is still run according to the Dayton Plan, which settled the war back in 1995. So it’s really complicated.

Short version: the representative of the Serb entity, the Republika Serbska (RS), has resigned from the Council of Ministers. The Presidency (which is really a council composed of three Presidents, one from each ethnicity) accepted his resignation today. Officially this means the government has fallen, and elections can ensue, but since this is Bosnia they’re going to slip first into a long period of “consultation” in an attempt to make this un-happen.

Why did the Serb reprsentative resign? Well, because the RS leadership isn’t happy with Europe’s new colonial governor — sorry, High Representative — and his ideas for moving forward beyond the Dayton Agreement. There’s some connection here to the ongoing Kosovo wrangle, because the Bosnian Serbs are getting enthused by Russian support for Serbia; some of the wilder commenters are talking about the RS being swapped to Serbia “in exchange for” Kosovo. This is not going to happen, but there’s definitely something in the air.

Since this is Bosnia, the complications are fractal. Here’s the short version: the Bosnians have 30 days to form a new government, which might happen but probably won’t. If they don’t, then at some point they’ll have to hold elections. Which, since this is Bosnia, will probably not change much.

No, I don’t know what the answer is either.

7 thoughts on “Bosnia’s government collapses

  1. Also, and by the way, the RSS and front-page links to this article are broken; the URL generating code doesn’t seem to think there’s a category, or something of the sort, so I need to manually insert “afoe” between two slashes to get a page where I can post this comment …

  2. Quote “new colonial governor”
    You find always the words.

    Quote “some of the wilder commenters are talking about the RS being swapped to Serbia “in exchange for” Kosovo. This is not going to happen, but there’s definitely something in the air.”
    Why not? I think we can get back RS for Kosovo. EU has not a single idea (oh yes..Hong Kong Neutral..) so at least it should be the last solution.

  3. “I think we can get back RS for Kosovo.”

    I think not. Kosovo has been de facto independent for eight years now; RS has been part of Bosnia (even if the Bosnian Serbs don’t like it much).

    Doug M.

  4. Will Bosnia or Belgium be without a government longer?

    Maybe Serbia could get the Flemish entity while sending Kosovo to Italy along with two future draft picks and a city-state to be named later (Liechtenstein is widely thought to be interested). Italy would then put Sicily on the free agent market, testing the waters for a resurgent chain of Norman kingdoms (Essex, Sussex and Wessex expressing interest). For the option on Sicily, France gives up the out-years of its contract for Catalonia, but gives additional suburbs to Brussels and Wallonia. At any rate, Belgium gets relegated.

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