Semiha Borovac

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Semiha Borovac
36th Mayor of Sarajevo
In office
March 2005 – January 2009
Preceded by Muhidin Hamamdžić
Succeeded by Alija Behmen
Personal details
Born (1955-03-02) 2 March 1955 (age 60)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Political party Party of Democratic Action
Religion Sunni Islam

Semiha Borovac (born 2 March 1955) is a former mayor of Sarajevo,[1] succeeded by Alija Behmen.[2] She is Sarajevo's only female mayor to date and is also a member of the Party of Democratic Action.

She was elected as mayor of Sarajevo on 29 March 2005 and served until 2009.


Borovac attended first the "Ahmet Fetahagić" elementary school and then the "Druga Gimnazija" secondary school in Sarajevo. She went on to university, graduating from the Sarajevo Law School in 1977 and qualifying as a judge in 2000. In 2001 she also qualified as a trainer with the Citizens' Association for Local Development Initiative.

Work background[edit]

  • 1977-1982: Regular collaborators at Trade Union of Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1982-1986: Administrative inspectors at Community New Sarajevo
  • 1986-1990: Secretary of Associated Labor Council at SO New Sarajevo
  • 1990-1992: Deputy of secretary SO New Sarajevo
  • 1992-1995: Deputy of secretary IO New Sarajevo
  • 1996: Head of chief’s office for Community New Sarajevo
  • 1996-2000: Assistant minister of justice of the Sarajevo Canton
  • 1998-2000: Proxy at the House of Representatives of Parliament of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH)
  • 2000-2005: Delegate at the Congress of Canton Sarajevo, Delegate at the House of Nations of Parliament of FBiH, President of the Bosniaks’ Club at the House of Nations of Parliament of FBiH
  • 2005: During Constitutional Conference of Municipal Council of Sarajevo, is elected on 14 June 2005 to be mayor of Sarajevo (the first female mayor in the history of Sarajevo)

Political career[edit]

  • 2000: Secretary of Cantonal Committee of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Sarajevo
  • 2001: Presiding over III Congress of SDA BiH
  • 2001: Member of the Commission for Bylaw and Operating Procedure of SDA
  • 2002: Member of the Group for Juristically Questions of the Council of SDA
  • 2002: President of the Labor Presidency of the 1st Convention of SDA
  • 2005: Presiding over IV Congress of SDA

Personal life[edit]

Borovac is married with two daughters.