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Bosnia: Bosnian Serbs Protest Centralizing Reforms

Sarajevo, 3 December 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Bosnian Serb lawmakers walked out of the inaugural session of the new central parliament today to protest centralizing reforms made by the top international official in the country. The departure of 12 deputies, both nationalists and moderates, paralyzed the work of the parliament, delaying the election of a speaker and his two deputies.

Under the order made public yesterday by Paddy Ashdown, high representative of the international community in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Bosnian government is to get new federal ministers of security and justice.

The order also established a prime minister for a full four-year term instead of rotating the post between representatives of three ethnic communities: Croats, Muslims, and Serbs.