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The appointment of Tihomir Oreskovic as Croatia's Prime Minister-designate has taken the public in Bosnia and Herzegovina by surprise, but the local media said on Thursday that Oreskovic was a successful businessman and that his appointment put an end to an unprecedented political soap opera that had caused new divisions in Croatia.

The Sarajevo-based Oslobodjenje daily quotes Oreskovic's first important message - that he was aware there was no time to lose and was therefore not asking for a 100-day grace period and that he only expected support for the implementation of necessary reforms.

The Dnevni Avaz daily reported on its cover page about "a businessman at the helm of the Croatian government", a person trusted both by the centre-right Patriotic Coalition and the Bridge reformist party.

It also described Oreskovic as a Canadian national who does not speak Croatian well, but noted that he had built a serious career abroad.

In a special commentary on the formation of the new Croatian government, Dnevni Avaz says that the outcome of the post-election negotiations in Croatia showed that Bosnia and Herzegovina was not an exception with its complicated structure and even more complicated behind-the-scenes political games.

"Evidently in a country like Croatia, which does not have the Dayton Peace Agreement or triple mechanisms of blockade, a crisis of government and political instability can happen too. The only universal solution for all democracies is dialogue and trust," says the commentary.

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