Bosnia’s State Presidency members are due to announce their candidate for prime minister on Tuesday, but it’s unlikely that he will be approved by parliament.
Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosniak member of the country’s tripartite presidency, said on Monday that he will support Dr. Slavo Kukic for prime minister, as Bosnia continues to struggle to form a central government more than eight months after general elections.
The Croat member of the Presidency, Zeljko Komsic, is expected to support Kukic, a fellow member of his SDP party, as well.
Kukic is the candidate of the multi-ethnic but mainly Bosniak Social Democrats, SDP. He is up against Borjana Kristo of the main Croat party, the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ; and Mladen Ivankovic-Lijanovic from the Croat People’s Prosperity Through Work Party.
Nebojsa Radmanovic, the Serb member of the Presidency, earlier expressed his support for HDZ candidate Kristo, as the HDZ is supported by the largest Bosnian Serb party, the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD.
Like many posts in Bosnia, the prime minister’s position rotates unofficially based on ethnicity, and this time around it is open for a Croat politician.
The Presidency members will rank the candidates from highest to lowest preference before sending their decision to the state parliament.