Monday, April 7, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (April 7, 2008) - Bosnian Oscar-winning film director Danis Tanovic launched a new political party on Saturday in a bid to rise above the problems that beset the Bosnian nation.

The 38-year-old filmmaker, whose "No Man's Land" movie about the absurdity of war won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2001, said he hoped the new "Our Party" would appeal to those disillusioned people who have not bothered to vote in recent elections.

"This is an attempt to move the things forward from the present deadlock and we can offer a new choice to Bosnians who have been complaining for years there is nobody adequate they could vote for," Tanovic said at the party convention.

Some political commentators believe Tanovic's stature could translate into success at the ballot box.

Tanovic hopes the new party will appeal to younger votes, those who see Bosnia's future in the European Union.

"Our policy will be to stop ethnic squabbling, simplify the complex state structure and focus on real problems.We are aware of the challenge...What we are facing is not a hundred-meter race, it is a marathon," Tanovic said.

Some analysts say Tanovic could make a difference in local elections in October, which will be the first test for" Our Party".

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