Residents of Banja Luka celebrate Republika Srpska National Day

January 9, 2019 9:00 AM

Although the Constitutional Court of BiH reached a decision declaring the Day of Republika Srpska (RS) unconstitutional, residents of this BH entity marked the January 9, Day of Republika Srpska.

By placing flags on windows, balconies and cars, the citizens of RS marked the Day of Republika Srpska across the entity.

Central political ceremony will take place in Banja Luka. Apart from representatives of political and social life of RS, the ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabic, together with ministers from the Government of Serbia.

It was festive in the Municipality of Pale as well, located in the vicinity of Sarajevo. Streets and residential facilities in Pale were decorated with flags of the RS.

The Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of RS, referring to the Law on Holidays of RS, earlier announced that January 9 is a non-working day.

As a reminder, in late November 2015 the Constitutional Court of BiH declared the Day of RS unconstitutional and decided that the National Assembly of the RS should harmonize the disputed act of the Law on Holidays of RS with the Constitution of BiH.

Afterwards, in a joint statement, the Serb officials stated that January 9 will still be celebrated as the day of RS in that BiH entity.

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