Bosnia's parliament backs the new prime minister

SARAJEVO, Dec. 5 (Reuters) - Zoran Tegeltija was backed by parliament on Thursday as Bosnia's new prime minister and said he would work to recover the time lost after a 13-month stalemate in the formation of a government. Tegeltija, a Serbian economist who had served as finance minister for the autonomous Serbian Republic of Bosnia, was nominated for the post after a compromise between the country's rival ethnic leaders last month. Addressing the legislators, he said that the priority of his government would be the necessary reforms to gain the status of candidate for EU membership and the resumption of talks with the International Monetary Fund and other international financial institutions. The government is expected to be formed by the end of the year. It will be our obligation to work with dedication to recover lost time, said Tegeltija, 58. We must unlock the processes in government and parliament, adopt next year's budget and reactivate frozen investments to stimulate growth. Tegeltija, a member of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) ruler of the Bosnian Serbs, was nominated for office by the leader of the SNSD, Milorad Dodik, who also serves as a Serbian member in the inter-ethnic presidency of three Bosnian men . The central government of Bosnia or the Council of Ministers has been working as a caregiver since last year's general elections. The disagreement between the Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian members of the presidency over how to proceed towards NATO integration had blocked the formation of a new government. After a heated discussion among opposition parliamentarians, Tegeltija was approved with 28 votes in the 42-seat parliament. Under a compromise reached by the presidency, a reform program demanded by NATO as part of the integration process of Bosnia with the alliance but previously blocked by the Bosnian Serbs, should be sent to NATO one day after parliament confirms to Tegeltija as prime minister. (Report by Maja Zuvela Edited by Daria Sito-Sucic and Frances Kerry) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)