Bosnia parties call for snap election

Two ruling Bosnia parties have called for a snap election as 1000 people gathered in Sarajevo to demand the resignation of rulers.

Two parties in Bosnia's ruling coalition have called for early polls to defuse mounting anger over corruption and unemployment that has sparked violence not seen since the 1992-1995 war.

The move came as 1000 people gathered in front of Bosnia's tripartite presidency building in downtown Sarajevo on Sunday, demanding the resignation of rulers they blame for their economic woes.

The Social Democratic Party said in a statement it was necessary "to stop the violence, restore security for citizens and urgently organise early elections".

Bakir Izetbegovic, one of the nation's three presidents and leader of the Party of Democratic Action, joined the call for polls to take place before the scheduled October date.

"I believe that people want a change of power. I believe that within three months we should offer citizens a chance to choose who they trust, because it's obvious that this isn't working anymore," he told local television.

Protesters took to the streets for the fifth day running on Sunday but the gatherings were peaceful.

Several hundred people have been injured since Wednesday, when protests broke out in the northwestern town of Tuzla and turned violent before spreading to several other towns, including Sarajevo.

Protesters set fire to the presidency building and several other institutions, in scenes that brought back memories of the violence that tore the nation two decades ago.

The riots were triggered by anger over rampant corruption in the political class and its failure to reverse a downward economic spiral that means nearly one in two Bosnians is unemployed.

Source: AAP

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