Bakir Izetbegović

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Bakir Izetbegović
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24th, 27th, 30th and 33rd Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
17 March 2018 – 20 November 2018
Prime MinisterDenis Zvizdić
Preceded byDragan Čović
Succeeded byMilorad Dodik
In office
17 March 2016 – 17 November 2016
Prime MinisterDenis Zvizdić
Preceded byDragan Čović
Succeeded byMladen Ivanić
In office
10 March 2014 – 17 November 2014
Prime MinisterVjekoslav Bevanda
Preceded byŽeljko Komšić
Succeeded byMladen Ivanić
In office
10 March 2012 – 10 November 2012
Prime MinisterVjekoslav Bevanda
Preceded byŽeljko Komšić
Succeeded byNebojša Radmanović
7th Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
10 November 2010 – 20 November 2018
Prime MinisterNikola Špirić
Vjekoslav Bevanda
Preceded byHaris Silajdžić
Succeeded byŠefik Džaferović
President of the Party of Democratic Action
Assumed office
25 September 2014
Acting: 25 September 2014 – 26 May 2015
DeputyAdil Osmanović
Preceded bySulejman Tihić
Personal details
Born (1956-06-28) 28 June 1956 (age 62)
Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia
Political partyParty of Democratic Action (1990–present)
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Spouse(s)Sebija Građević
ChildrenJasmina Izetbegović
RelativesAlija Izetbegović (Father)
Halida Izetbegović (Mother)
ResidenceSarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Alma materUniversity of Sarajevo

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.[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.

Political career[edit]

During the war he mostly hid in the central bank treasury vault, without mostly ever going out, where he spent there the upcoming years of war.[2] His father groomed him as his personal assistant to be the future Bosniak leader. [3] 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.

In November 2017 Presidency member Bakir Izetbegović threatened with war if Republika Srpska opts for independence, and at the same time controversially said that Bosnia and Herzegovina should recognize the independence of Kosovo.[4] On 22 November 2017 a discussion was held on the matter on the TV show Globalno of RTV BN.[5]

First term presidency[edit]

In the 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%. 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.

End of Presidency[edit]

On October 7, 2018, Šefik Džaferović, a member of Izetbegović's Party of Democratic Action, won the Presidential elections and will succeed Izetbegović as the Bosniak member of the Bosnian Presidency.[6] [7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carmichael, Cathie (2015), A Concise History of Bosnia, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 178, ISBN 1316395294
  2. ^ "'Izetbegović je kukavica, prošli rat je proveo u riznici Središnje banke'".
  3. ^ "Iznenadit ćete se: Znate li šta je Bakir Izetbegović radio tokom rata u BiH?". 15 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Bosnian Serbs Threaten Walkout Over Izetbegovic Statement". Balkan Insight. 14 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Da li je moguća nezavisnost RS?". RTV BN.
  6. ^ News, ABC. "The Latest: Partial tally has nationalist Bosnian Serb ahead".
  7. ^ Zuvela, Maja. "Nationalist Serb, Bosniak leaders win Bosnia's presidential vote".
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