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Bosnia and Herzegovina: amending Constitution and electoral laws without delay

Strasbourg, 02.10.2013 – In a recommendation adopted today on the basis of the report by Karin S. Woldseth (Norway, EDG) and Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania, EPP/CD), PACE has encouraged all the political stakeholders of Bosnia and Herzegovina “to do everything possible in order that the country fulfils the requirements of the Sejdić and Finci judgement by the end of 2013.” At the same time, it asked the Committee of Ministers to urge the authorities and political leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina to amend the Constitution and electoral law in conformity with that judgment without delay.

The Assembly also expressed profound concern about the ongoing political crisis that followed the break-up of the six-party coalition at State level in May 2012 and deplored the fact that the new coalition partners had still not managed to reshuffle the Federation-level government, which was thus “completely paralysed and not functioning”.

To end the ceaseless deadlocks and confrontations, PACE has again called on the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the key political stakeholders “to shoulder their responsibilities and work constructively at the level of state institutions”.

The Assembly will closely follow the situation in the country. If no progress is made before the end of September 2014, it will discuss and decide, in the October-Session 2014, the necessary steps in its relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina.