Sulejman Ugljanin

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Sulejman Ugljanin
Сулејман Угљанин
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President of the Bosniac National Council
Assumed office
11 May 1991
Vice President Muhedin Fijuljanin
Esad Džudžo
Redžep Škrijelj
Vasvija Gusinac
Preceded by Office established
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
16 April 2014
Minister without portfolio
In office
7 July 2008 – 27 April 2014
Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković (2008–12)
Ivica Dačić (2012–14)
Mayor of Novi Pazar
In office
9 October 2004 – 8 July 2008
Preceded by Vasvija Gusinac
Succeeded by Mirsad Đerlek
Member of the Federal Assembly of the FR Yugoslavia
In office
20 March 1997 – 7 October 2000
President of the Party of Democratic Action of Sandžak
Assumed office
29 July 1990
Vice President Enis Imamović
Deputy Šemsudin Kučević
Preceded by Office established
Personal details
Born (1953-11-20) 20 November 1953 (age 63)
Mitrovica, SAP Kosovo, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Citizenship Serbia
Nationality Bosniak
Political party Party of Democratic Action of Sandžak
Spouse(s) Mersija Ugljanin
Children 3
Residence Novi Pazar, Serbia
Alma mater University of Sarajevo
Profession Dentist
Religion Sunni Islam

Sulejman Ugljanin (pronounced [sulějman ǔɡʎanin]; Serbian Cyrillic: Сулејман Угљанин; born 20 November 1953) is a Serbian Bosniak politician, president of the Party of Democratic Action of Sandžak and the Bosniac National Council. He is a representative in the National Assembly of Serbia.

He was the Mayor of Novi Pazar, and the former Minister without portfolio in the Government of Serbia between 2008 and 2014.

Ugljanin holds a doctoral degree in stomatology from the University of Sarajevo. He is married and has four children.

Early life[edit]

Sulejman Ugljanin was born in Mitrovica in the Socialist Autonomous Province of Kosovo, which was part of the People's Republic of Serbia in the FPR Yugoslavia. His parents are from Novi Pazar, but moved to Mitrovica after his grandfather bought a house there. He had three sisters and three brothers. His father worked as a carpenter, and mother as a tailor.[1]

He started going to school at an early age of six, assuring his parents and school principal that his sisters and brothers taught him how to read and write. He grew up in somewhat conservative surrounding, as his cousins objected to his father for letting his oldest daughter to attend a high school. Ugljanin's oldest sister later became a chemical engineer and first highly educated family member. Although religion was discouraged in the communist Yugoslavia, his family maintained a religious life. Ugljanin recalled that he feasted since his early childhood for every Ramadan.[1]

His parents sent him to a dental high school in Priština. Ugljanin soon started to train boxing for the Radnički boxing club. After the high school, he joined the University of Sarajevo, where he studied dentistry. He continued to box in Sarajevo as well. He quit boxing after a match in Bijeljina in 1979. In Sarajevo he also started biking with his colleagues.[1] Later, he specialised prosthetics in Sarajevo.[2]

After finishing his studies, Ugljanin started working as a children dentist in Novi Pazar. There he taught first aid and civil protection. During one of his courses he met his wife Mersija in April 1985, whom he married in December. His wife worked as a clerk for the municipal government in Novi Pazar. He has three daughters and one son with her.[1]

Political career[edit]

Ugljanin started his political career in 1990. He was elected to the Executive Council of the Party of Democratic Action in May 1990, and in the same year he became the president of the Party of Democratic Action of Sandžak. A year later he was elected the president of the Muslim National Council of Sandžak.[3]

In 1993, when the authorities started arresting those responsible for "endangering territorial integrity of the FR Yugoslavia and unallowed carrying of arms", Ugljanin escaped to Turkey, where he spent three years. This was a turning point in his political career, as many of his associates started leaving him, and creating their own political parties. He accused them of betrayal of the Sandžak Muslims' interests.[3]

However, after he returned from Turkey, he was elected as a representative in the Federal Parliament of Yugoslavia. As of the 2000 election, when Slobodan Milošević was overthrown, Ugljanin created a successful cooperation with Vojislav Koštunica and Velimir Ilić, siding in a coalition with them. Between 2004 and 2008 he was a mayor of Novi Pazar. During this period, his influence amongst Bosniaks in the Sandžak region became very strong with the approval from the central government in Belgrade, led by Koštunica at the time.[3]



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Government offices
Preceded by
Dragan Đilas
Minister without portfolio
Succeeded by
Velimir Ilić