Bosnia's parliament endorses new prime minister

# 06 December 2019 03:29 (UTC +04:00)

Zoran Tegeltija was endorsed by parliament on Thursday as Bosnia’s new prime minister and said he would work to make up for lost time after a 13-month deadlock on forming a government, APA reports citing Reuters.

Tegeltija, a Serb economist who had served as finance minister of Bosnia’s autonomous Serb Republic, was nominated for the job after a compromise between the country’s rival ethnic leaders last month.

Addressing the lawmakers he said his government’s priority would be reforms needed to win the status of candidate for EU membership, and resumption of talks with the International Monetary Fund and other international financial institutions. The government is expected to be formed by the end of the year.

“It will be our obligation to work with a dedication to catch up on lost time,” said Tegeltija, 58. “We must unblock the processes in the government and parliament, adopt the next year’s budget and re-activate frozen investments to spur growth.”