Minister resigns in protest
Security Minister Fahrudin Radočić leaves her post in protest of the threats
posed by the country's prosecutor after she last week accused the Federation of
Bosnia and Herzegovina's Prime Minister Fadil Novalić of corruption (see
May 28, 2020). Novalić supporters have argued that the prosecution is
politically motivated. Radočić said at a press conference that it is serious
when the law's representatives, such as police, prosecutors and judges, are
threatened, and that he does not feel he can continue as responsible minister.
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Federation Prime Minister arrested
Fadil Novalić, Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is
arrested and questioned by the police, suspected of irregularities in connection
with the purchase of respirators from China. A total of 100 respirators have
been ordered from China to be used in the treatment of covid-19 patients.
According to police, suspicions were aroused when a fruit and vegetable company
was commissioned by the federation's management to purchase the equipment.
Novalić and his party, the SDA, refute the allegations.
State of emergency due to corona
The government is announcing emergency permits throughout the country, to
improve coordination between the two entities that have both already declared
emergency, because of the new corona virus. Schools and universities have
already been closed and residents are encouraged to work in shifts and avoid
crowds. A two-week mandatory quarantine applies to anyone traveling into the
country. Only a few coronary cases have so far been detected in Bosnia and
Serbian boycott of state institutions
Bosnian Serb leaders decide to boycott Bosnia's state institutions until the
Constitutional Court is overthrown. The requirement is that the three foreign
judges be removed from the court, which also has two Serbs, two Croatian and two
Bosnian judges. The triggering reason for the boycott is that earlier this month
the court decided that agricultural land that no one claims should automatically
accrue to the Bosnian state and not the Republika Srpska - which contravenes
Bosnian Serb law. The Serbian representative in the national presidency, Milorad
Dodik, reiterates his threat to call for a referendum on Bosnian Serb
independence. A few days later, Dodik and the Parliament of the Republika Srpska
give a 60-day deadline for reforming the Constitutional Court. Otherwise, they
say, the Serbian entity will break out of Bosnia.