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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bosnian Premier Steps Down

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Bosnian Prime Minister Nikola Spiric resigned Thursday over a parliamentary reform proposed by the top international administrator in the country.

"For 12 years, foreigners have run this country and this is not good. I resign and this is the only right decision," said Spiric, a Bosnian Serb who is the President of the Bosnian Council of Ministers.

Miroslav Lajcak, a Slovak diplomat who is the top international administrator in the ethnically divided country, has proposed new rules designed to strengthen the ability of the central Bosnian parliament and other bodies to enact further reforms that could eventually lead to Bosnian membership in the European Union.

The proposals would change the way a quorum is calculated in order to make it more difficult for lawmakers to block decisions simply by not showing up.

Serbs fear that the proposal could lead to the end of their ministate within Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In neighboring Serbia, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica offered support to the Bosnian Serbs. He said in a statement, "Lajcak was responsible for this crisis, and it would have been natural if he had resigned."

Reacting initially to Lajcak's proposals, the Serb Republic's prime minister, Miroslav Dodik, threatened to walk out of joint national institutions, including the country's tripartite presidency and the central government.