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Republika Srpska president nominates prime minister

SARAJEVO, Feb. 28 — Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), on Wedesday nominated a former female cabinet minister to be the next prime minister, local media reported.

Zeljko Cvijanovic, former Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation of Republika Srpska, was nominated as prime minister and will be responsible to form a new government, said Dodik at a news conference in Banja Luka, capital city of Republika Sprska.

He noted that the nomination received support within the ruling coalition.

"I believe Cvijanovic … will effectively respond to the economic and social challenges ahead, deal with problems. This is the first time for a woman to become the head of government (of Republika Srpska)."

Dodik added he will request a special session of parliament in one or two days to approve the nomination and the new government.

Cvijanovic pledged to work hard for benefits of citizens and communities, adding that she will try her best to present names of the new ministers as soon as possible.

Born in 1967, Cvijanovic worked as a teacher after graduation, then an assistant in EU mission in BiH before entering cabinet of Republika Srpska. She is married and a mother of two children.

Earlier in the day, the Parliament of Republika Sprska voted 63 to 4 with 2 abstentions to accept the resignation of the government led by Prime Minister Alexander Dzombic.

Under the Constitution, BiH consists of two entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska. (PNA/Xinhua)

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