Bosnia Foreign Minister Rushed to Hospital

Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija was hospitalised on Thursday after falling ill during a television show, apparently suffering from exhaustion.Lagumdzija suddenly broke off the interview in a Sarajevo TV studio on Thursday night, requesting a glass of water before standing up and disappearing from the view of the camera. The TV show’s anchor then said she was breaking the programme owing to an emergency.

The minister was immediately taken by ambulance to the emergency ward of the Clinical Centre in Sarajevo.

Biljana Jandric, the hospital’s spokesperson, said he was detained for tests and was in stable condition. According to her, Lagumdzija was suffering from exhaustion and would be released on Friday.

During the interview, Lagumdzija said he was stunned by criticism of his agreement on cooperation with Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, the mainly Serb entity in Bosnia.

Before leaving the studio, Lagumdzija, who leads the Social Democratic Party, was resolutely defending his agreement with Dodik as the basis for forming a new ruling coalition in the country.

He said he was also discussing the document with the two strongest Croat parties, HDZ BiH and HDZ 1990, as potential members of the new parliamentary majority.

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