Bosniak politicians have been urged to form a joint political front ahead of Octoberâ€™s local elections.
The call came during the Islamic Communityâ€™s Council held on Saturday and was mainly aimed at the two ruling Bosniak parties, the Party of Democratic Action, SDA and the Party for Bosnia and Herzegovina, SZBH.
In its declaration, the Islamic Communityâ€™s Council said it â€œappeals for all Muslims to most seriously consider the importance of upcoming elections, to politically unite and get engaged in all political and social developments.â€
SDA leader, Sulejman Tihic and his SZBH rival, Haris Silajdzic have been at odds for several months clashing over changes to Bosniaâ€™s Constitution and how to proceed with reforming and streamlining the countryâ€™s multitude of ethnically-based police forces.
Some however put the differences to mere egos and personal rivalries.
However the tension has jeopardised the ruling coalition and weakened the Bosniaksâ€™ negotiating position, especially towards Bosnian Serb leader, Milorad Dodik and his Party of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD.
The SNSD leader and premier of the smaller Bosnian entity of Republika Srpska, Dodik slammed the Islamic Communityâ€™s declaration on Sunday. According to Dodik, the Islamic Community proved it was â€œa political and not a religious organisationâ€ and that it wanted Bosnia and Herzegovina to be exclusively for Bosniaks.
Dodik called upon Islamic Community leader, reis Mustafa Ceric to form his own party and let go of religious issues. ( Balkaninsight.com)