“Bosnia’s autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation approved a new law granting wider benefits to war veterans, in a pre-election sweetener that defied warnings by the International Monetary Fund that it may jeopardize long-term fiscal stability.

In an urgent session called amid a protest staged by several hundred veterans of the 1992-95 Bosnian War, deputies in the 98-seat parliament approved the new legislation with 58 voting in favor.

The measure ignores advice by the IMF, which postponed a final meeting last month to review Bosnia’s loan program that would have unlocked fresh aid, because of new spending measures by its two autonomous regions.

The lender has said a new mission will have to visit Bosnia to look at the effects of the legislation, which puts at risk the completion of the review of Bosnia’s 553 million-euro ($647.01 million) loan program.” (VoA)