HDZ BiH leader: BiH will never be unitary state

“Nobody can or will deny us legitimate representation and our rights as a constituent people in our homeland,” Ćović told the Fifth Congress of the Association of the Croatian community of Herceg-Bosna in Mostar. [EPA-EFE/SALVATORE DI NOLFI]

Dragan Čović, the leader of  HDZ BiH, has said that “Bosnia and Herzegovina will never be a unitary state. It will not be a civic state either, in the way that some are thinking and trying to implement it through domination over others”  N1 reported.

“Nobody can or will deny us legitimate representation and our rights as a constituent people in our homeland,” Ćović told the Fifth Congress of the Association of the Croatian community of Herceg-Bosna in Mostar.

“In BiH, the rights of citizens are realized with the possibility of electing representatives through municipal and city councils, parliamentary houses and county assemblies, while the Presidency of BiH and the upper government levels exist to protect the rights of the three constituent peoples in the country. This is non-negotiable,” he added.

He said he expects the election law to be changed so that Croatian citzens can elect their representatives in the houses of the peoples and the tripartite presidency within this year.

Čović argued that BiH can implement rulings by the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court by forming two electoral units in the country’s semi-autonomous Federation (FBiH) entity, which is shared mostly between Bosniaks and Croatians. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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