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Bosnia: Parliament Approves Central Government Cabinet

Sarajevo, 3 January 1997 (RFE/RL) - The Bosnian House of Representatives today approved a post-war cabinet, or Council of Ministers, for Bosnia's central government.

The cabinet is led by two co-chairmen, Haris Silajdzic, a Muslim, and former Bosnian prime minister, and Boro Bosic, a Serb.

The cabinet also approved three ministry posts for the central government. The foreign ministry is to be headed by Croat Jadranko Prlic, the external trade ministry by Muslim Hasan Muratovic, and the civil affairs ministry by Serb Spasoje Albijanic.

Earlier today Bosnia's first post-war House of Representatives today elected Bosnian-Croat Ivor Lozancic as its president.

Lozancic will remain for eight months as the parliamentary president, which will rotate between Bosnian Muslims, Croats, and Serbs.

The Parliamentary approvals and election come during the first full session of the House of Representatives, which convened today after three months of disputes over where to meet.

The House of Representatives includes Bosnian Muslim, Serb, and Croat delegates elected in national polls last autumn. It met in the hall of Sarajevo's national museum, which once marked a front battle line in Sarajevo.

The upper chamber, the House of Peoples, is also due to convene today for the first time. It is to convene in the Sarajevo suburb of Lukavica in Bosnian Serb-controlled territory.