Monday, November 5, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 5,2007) - The Bosnian Presidency announced it would try to talk Bosnia's Prime Minister Nikola Spiric out of resigning to avert a political crisis in the country.

"Our wish is not to complicate the situation, that is why we want to talk to him," the Bosnian President Zeljko Komsic, told a news conference.

President Komsic said the Bosnian Presidency could not dismiss Spiric's resignation but was hoping he would reconsider.

"It's up to him to decide on the next step," President Komsic said.

He said there was no deadline for the consultations.

The Bosnian Presidency has 30 days to nominate a prime minister-designate, who then has to propose a cabinet and win parliament approval.

If no deal can be reached, Bosnia must hold a parliamentary election, further delaying reforms that the European Union says are needed for Bosnia to progress towards the EU membership.

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