The mainly Bosniak Party of Democratic Action has turned down a ministerial position in the new government of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity.
Zeljka Cvijanovic, the new prime minister of Bosnia's mainly Serb entity, has offered the Bosniak Party of Democratic Action, SDA, a ministry in the new government.
Milorad Dodik, the President of the Republika Srpska, has named Zeljka Cvijanovic as the next prime minister following the resignation of Aleksandar Dzombic's government.
New International Crisis Group reports says the danger is growing of a politicised Islamic Community harnessing frustrated Bosniak nationalism for its own purposes.
Bosnia has adopted a law allowing the postponement of the 2013 census from spring to October, in line with the advice of the EU statistics agency.
Milorad Dodik said this week he will start consultations about appointing a new government, though it will be composed of the same parties as before.
Bosniaks MPs in Bosnia's Federation entity blocked confirmation of a no-confidence vote in the government, invoking the legal mechanism of claiming vital ethnic interests were at stake.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen of NATO urged Bosnia to implement last year's agreement on registering state property as a condition of advancing its membership of the alliance.
Federation entity Interior Minister Predrag Kurtes has denied responsibility for a car accident last week, though two witnesses claim he crashed his vehicle and ran away.
After women lawmakers in Bosnia's Federation entity agreed to form a special women's caucus, a Sarajevo mayor has caused controversy by calling it an exercise in 'brain washing'.
Sarajevo Cantonal Assembly has changed its constitution to allow ethnic minorities the same rights as the three major ethnic groups.
Annual report on the state of global freedom by Freedom House, shows Balkan countries remain divided into 'partly free' and 'free', with only Bosnia moving up the table a notch.
Moves to allow the formation of a fourth, Croatian-language public broadcaster stir accusations that it is paving the way towards the creation of a third Bosnian entity.
Solving export problems before Croatia joins the EU, getting closer to submitting an EU membership application, addressing a chronic lack of money, resolving the reconstruction of the Federation entity government and fight against the corruption are the major issues facing Bosnia in 2013.
Much work is needed also in preparation for the historic population and household census, which has not been conducted since 1991, as well as in figuring out how to improve the everyday life of citizens hit by worsening unemployment and higher prices of food.
Vjekoslav Bevanda's appointment as Bosnia's new Prime Minister in January - and his promise that 2012 would be a “European year” - fuelled hopes of a new page in the life of the country.
While the positive rhetoric of the new government encouraged many institutions, analysts and the European Union, the old power struggles soon resumed, as the two main Bosniak [Muslim] parties fell
out over adoption of a state budget - the first major test of the government's coherence.
The President of the Bosniak-Croat entity has refused to dismiss ministers who belong to parties that are not the part of the new parliamentary majority.
President Budimir rejected Niksic's demand to dismiss eight of the 16 ministers from the government until their cases are resolved by the relevant courts.
“As a President of the Federation I don't want to interfere in decisions of the judiciary which... refer to open questions over disputes in the functioning of the government,” Budimir said.
The external body monitoring Bosnia's 2013 census has advised the authorities to postpone the headcount planned for April on the grounds that the country is insufficiently prepared.
Andy McGuffie, of the EU delegation to Bosnia, told Balkan Insight on Wednesday that the International Monitoring Operation, IMO, which oversaw this year's test census, does not believe Bosnia and Herzegovina is ready.
Bosnian Presidency member Zeljko Komsic says his new party will be up and running next year, advocating new solutions and the equality of all Bosnians and Herzegovinians.
Zeljko Komsic, the Croat member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite State Presidency, says he is working on the formation of his new party after leaving the ruling Social Democrats in summer.