Bakir Izetbegović

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Bakir Izetbegović
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Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Assumed office
17 March 2016
Prime Minister Denis Zvizdić
Preceded by Dragan Čović
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
Assumed office
10 November 2010
Preceded by Haris Silajdžić
Personal details
Born (1956-06-28) 28 June 1956 (age 60)
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. Since 2010, he is the Bosniak member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and President of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA).

Education and private life[edit]

Bakir Izetbegović was born in Sarajevo on 28 June 1956. He is the son of the first President of the independent Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegović. His great-grandmother, Sıdıka Hanım, was a Turkish woman originally from Üsküdar (formerly Scutari in Turkey.[1]

He attended primary and high school in Sarajevo and graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Sarajevo in 1981. From 1982 to 1992 Izetbegović worked as a consultant at an architectural consulting firm.

He made big contributions to many social activities – he was a member of the Management Board of the Sarajevo Football Club, a member of the Management Board of the Basketball Club "Bosna", of the Management Board Member of the Muslim Humanitarian Society "Merhamet" and member of the Council of the Islamic Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He is married and has one daughter.

Political career[edit]

Bakir Izetbegović entered politics in 2000 and after serving in two regional assemblies was elected to the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2006. In May 2015, he was elected as president of the Party of Democratic Action.

From 1991 to 2003 he served as director of the Construction Institute of the Sarajevo Canton. He became the Deputy Head of the SDA Caucus in the Assembly of the Sarajevo Canton in 2000, a position he continued to progressively undertake at higher levels – at the House of Representatives of the FBiH Parliament from 2002 to 2006, and at the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2006 to 2010. He also became the Chairperson of the Delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Izetbegović has been a member of the SDA Presidency since 2002 and a member of the party since its foundation in 1990. At the general election held in October 2010 he was elected as member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Bosniak people. In October 2014 he was reelected to the position. According to the BiH Presidency rotation system, Izetbegović took over as Chair of the BiH Presidency in mid March 2016.

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
2010–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Željko Komšić
Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012
Succeeded by
Nebojša Radmanović
Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2014
Succeeded by
Mladen Ivanić
Preceded by
Dragan Čović
Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2016–present
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carmichael, Cathie (2015), A Concise History of Bosnia, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 178, ISBN 1316395294