Bosnia presidency breaks deadlock to appoint PM designate

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Bosnia’s multiethnic presidency has appointed a candidate to run the new government, in what is expected to break a power deadlock more than a year after a general election was held in the Balkan country

Bosnia’s multiethnic presidency has appointed a candidate to run the new government, breaking a political deadlock in the Balkan country more than a year after the holding of a general election.

The presidency on Tuesday announced that Bosnian Serb politician Zoran Tegeltija has been tapped as the new head of the Council of Ministers, which is Bosnia’s de facto government.

Tegeltija’s candidacy needs to be confirmed in Bosnia’s parliament.

The announcement is seen as important for Bosnia, where the lack of a government has stalled recovery after a devastating 1992-95 war.

The formation of a government has been blocked over disagreements on the level of cooperation with NATO. Bosnia’s Serbs are mainly pro-Russian and opposed to NATO, while the Bosniaks are Croats have sought closer ties with the Western alliance.