Rasim Ljajić

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Rasim Ljajić
Расим Љајић
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Deputy Prime Minister of Government of Serbia
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 July 2012
Prime Minister Ivica Dačić
Aleksandar Vučić
Preceded by Verica Kalanović
Minister of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 July 2012
Preceded by Dušan Petrović (Trade)
Milutin Mrkonjić (Telecommunications)
Minister of Labour and Social Policy
In office
15 May 2007 – 27 July 2012
Preceded by Slobodan Lalović
Succeeded by Jovan Krkobabić
Personal details
Born (1964-01-28) January 28, 1964 (age 50)
Novi Pazar, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia
Political party Social Democratic Party of Serbia
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Alma mater University of Sarajevo

Rasim Ljajić (Serbian Cyrillic: Расим Љајић; Serbian pronunciation: [rǎːsim ʎǎːjitɕ]; born 28 January 1964) is the current Minister of Foreign and Domestic Trade and Telecommunications of Serbia since 27 July 2012.[1] He holds a degree in medicine from the University of Sarajevo. He is the President of the Social Democratic Party of Serbia, elected from 21 January 2007. Ljajić was also the president of the National Council for Cooperation with the Hague Tribunal.

Political career[edit]

In 1990, he was elected Secretary General of the Party of Democratic Action of Sandžak as one of its founding fathers, a branch of the SDA in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina aimed at gathering Muslims in and related to Bosnia. In 1993 he left the party and with dissidents formed the Sandžak Democratic Party, criticizing Sulejman Ugljanin for being an extremist and endorsing separatism from Yugoslavia in an effort to join an enlarged Bosnia dominated by Bosnian Muslims. He specifically criticized Ugljanin's personal support in the Bosnian War and his connection with the Wahhabias.

One of the Democratic Opposition of Serbia leaders, he became Minister of Human and Minority Rights in 2000 after the fall of Slobodan Milošević, and his mandate as a minister was extended in the rump DS-led 2001 government.[2] He is also the long-term Head of the Coordination Team with the Hague Tribunal.

In the 2003 parliamentary election he unsuccessfully led a massive alliance "Together for Tolerance" that failed to pass the census. The tolerance campaign was originally his concept, he co-led it with Nenad Čanak of the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina and Jožef Kasa of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Slobodan Lalović
Minister of Labour and Social Policy of Serbia
2007-2012
Succeeded by
Jovan Krkobabić
Preceded by
Verica Kalanović
Deputy Prime Minister of Government of Serbia
2012–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Dušan Petrović (Trade)
Milutin Mrkonjić (Telecommunications)
Minister of Foreign and Domestic Trade and Telecommunications of Serbia
2012–present
Incumbent