New Bosnian PM sets EU as top priority

Bosnian lawmakers backed Vjekoslav Bevanda as the country’s new prime minister on Thursday, while a complete government is expected to be appointed next week.

Bevanda was supported in the State Parliament by 31 votes; two MPs voted against him and three abstained.

The new premier got straight to work following his appointment, announcing consultations with ministerial candidates in the coming days. He said he hoped the new government would be appointed by the end of next week.

In his speech to the Parliament on Thursday afternoon, Bevanda said his priorities will be leading the Council of Ministers, Bosnia’s state government, towards fulfilling the tasks given by the European Union and improving the country’s economic situation.

Bevanda said state agencies have to focus on implementing the acquis communautaire- the legislation and legal acts which make up the body of EU law- and the economic reforms to assure the country’s compatibility with the rest of Europe.

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