Bakir Izetbegović

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Bakir Izetbegović
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President of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
10 March 2014 – 17 November 2014
Prime Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda
Preceded by Željko Komšić
Succeeded by Mladen Ivanić
In office
10 March 2012 – 10 November 2012
Prime Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda
Preceded by Željko Komšić
Succeeded by Nebojša Radmanović
Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 November 2010
Preceded by Haris Silajdžić
Personal details
Born (1956-06-28) 28 June 1956 (age 58)
Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
(now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Political party Party of Democratic Action
Spouse(s) Sebija Izetbegović
Children Jasmina
Alma mater University of Sarajevo
Religion Sunni Islam

Bakir Izetbegović (Bosnian pronunciation: [bâːkir ǐzedbegoʋit͡ɕ]; born 28 June 1956) is a Bosnian politician. Izetbegović is the leader of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) and son of the first Bosnian president, Alija Izetbegović. In 2010, he was elected to the post of Bosniak member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and in 2014 he was elected to his second term in the presidency.

Early life and education[edit]

He went to primary and secondary school in Sarajevo where he also graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sarajevo in 1981.

Career[edit]

From 1982 to 1992 Izetbegović worked as a consultant at an architectural consulting firm. He entered politics in 2000 and after serving in two regional assemblies was elected to the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2006. In May 2009, he was defeated in an inter party election when he challenged the incumbent president of the Party of Democratic Action for leadership.

First term presidency[edit]

On 2010 general election Izetbegović was elected to the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina as the Bosniak member. Izetbegović came in first in a field of nine candidates with 35% of the vote. The runner up, Fahrudin Radončić, won 31% of the vote while incumbent Haris Silajdžić won 25%. Six other candidates split the remaining 9% of the votes cast.

Second term presidency[edit]

At the 2014 general election, Izetbegović won 247,235 votes, 32,8% of total. He was followed by Fahrudin Radončić 26,7% and Emir Suljagić 15,1%. Seven other candidates split the remaining 25% of the votes cast.

See also[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Haris Silajdžić
Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
10 November 2010 – present
Incumbent