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New Bosnian parliament aims for EU candidacy

December 9, 2014

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Lawmakers of Bosnia’s new parliament say they aim to push for reforms that will bring the country closer to EU membership and tackle the country’s widespread corruption, poverty and unemployment.

Interethnic bickering stalled Bosnia’s progress toward EU membership years ago, while unemployment reached 40 percent.

Since October’s elections, the new leaders have begun forming the institutions of Bosnia’s multi-layer administration. On Tuesday they formed the lower house of the country’s parliament, promising that the upper house and the government will be established by the end of January.

The new lawmakers said they will confront the widespread corruption and unemployment and revive the EU accession process in hope that during their four-year mandate the country will get EU candidate status.

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