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Bosnia: Prime Minister Resigns Over Election Law

Sarajevo, 22 June 2001 (RFE/RL) -- A government spokeswoman says Bozidar Matic, the head of Bosnia's reformist central government, has resigned. Spokeswoman Mirjana Micevska said Matic resigned today after the state parliament failed to adopt a new election law, which is a main condition from the Council of Europe for Bosnia to become a member of that organization.

The parliament's house of representatives, which groups deputies from the country's Muslim-Croat federation and Republika Srpska, ended a session late yesterday without agreement on the law.

Matic's resignation must still be accepted by the country's president for it to become valid. Matic's government, the first non-nationalist administration in Bosnia in more than a decade, took over from nationalists four months ago.