Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the presiding member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which collectively serves as head of state of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Predsjedavajući Predsjedništva Bosne i Hercegovine
Предсједавајући Предсједништва Босне и Херцеговине
Coat of arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Milorad Dodik (cropped)
Incumbent
Milorad Dodik

since 20 November 2018
ResidencePresidency Building, Centar, Sarajevo
AppointerPopularly elected
Term lengthEight months
Inaugural holderAlija Izetbegović
Formation5 October 1996
Websitepredsjednistvobih.ba

Key

Political parties

Before independence (1945–1992)

Presidents of the Presidium of the People's Assembly of PR Bosnia and Herzegovina (1945–1953)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party
1 Vojislav Kecmanović (cropped) Vojislav Kecmanović
(1881–1961)
26 April 1945 November 1946 KP BiH
2 Đuro Pucar Đuro Pucar
(1899–1979)
November 1946 September 1948 KP BiH
3 Vlado Segrt EPLJ Vlado Šegrt
(1907–1991)
September 1948 March 1953 KP BiH
renamed in 1952 to
League of Communists of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Presidents of the People's Assembly of SR Bosnia and Herzegovina (1953–1974)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party
4 Đuro Pucar Đuro Pucar
(1899–1979)
December 1953 June 1963 League of Communists of Bosnia and Herzegovina
5 Ratomir Dugonjić Ratomir Dugonjić
(1916–1987)
June 1963 1967 League of Communists of Bosnia and Herzegovina
6 Džemal Bijedić 1975 Džemal Bijedić
(1917–1977)
1967 1971 League of Communists of Bosnia and Herzegovina
7 No image Hamdija Pozderac
(1924–1988)
1971 May 1974 League of Communists of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Presidents of the Presidency of SR Bosnia and Herzegovina (1974–1992)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party
8 Ratomir Dugonjić Ratomir Dugonjić
(1916–1987)
May 1974 April 1978 SK BiH
9 Raif Dizdarević Raif Dizdarević
(born 1926)
April 1978 April 1982 SK BiH
10 Branko Mikulić (1988) Branko Mikulić
(1928–1994)
April 1982 26 April 1984 SK BiH
11 No image Milanko Renovica
(1928–2013)
26 April 1984 26 April 1985 SK BiH
12 Munir Mesihović Munir Mesihović
(1928–2016)
26 April 1985 April 1987 SK BiH
13 Mato Andrić Mato Andrić
(1928–2015)
April 1987 April 1988 SK BiH
14 No image Nikola Filipović
(born 1928)
April 1988 April 1989 SK BiH
15 No image Obrad Piljak
(1933–2013)
April 1989 20 December 1990 SK BiH
16 Izetbegovic Alija Izetbegović
(1925–2003)
20 December 1990 3 March 1992 SDA

Since independence (1992–present)

President of the Presidency of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992–1996)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Ethnicity Term of Office Party
1 Izetbegovic Alija Izetbegović
(1925–2003)
Bosniak 3 March 1992 5 October 1996 SDA

Chairmen of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1996–present)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Ethnicity Term of Office Party
1 1 Izetbegovic Alija Izetbegović
(1925–2003)
Bosniak 5 October 1996 13 October 1998 SDA
2 2 Zivko Radisic (cropped) Živko Radišić
(born 1937)
Serb 13 October 1998 15 June 1999 SP
3 3 No image Ante Jelavić
(born 1963)
Croat 15 June 1999 14 February 2000 HDZ BiH
4 (1) Izetbegovic Alija Izetbegović
(1925–2003)
Bosniak 14 February 2000 14 October 2000 SDA
5 (2) Zivko Radisic (cropped) Živko Radišić
(born 1937)
Serb 14 October 2000 14 June 2001 SP
6 4 No image Jozo Križanović
(1944–2009)
Croat 14 June 2001 14 February 2002 SDP BiH
7 5 No image Beriz Belkić
(born 1946)
Bosniak 14 February 2002 28 October 2002 SBiH
8 6 Mirko Sarovic Trondheim Mirko Šarović
(born 1956)
Serb 28 October 2002 2 April 2003 SDS
9 7 Dragan Čović Dragan Čović
(born 1956)
Croat 2 April 2003 10 April 2003 HDZ BiH
10 8 Borislav Paravac, Pope johnpaul funeral politics Borislav Paravac
(born 1943)
Serb 10 April 2003 27 June 2003 SDS
11 (7) Dragan Čović Dragan Čović
(1956–)
Croat 27 June 2003 28 February 2004 HDZ BiH
12 9 Sulejman Tihić Sulejman Tihić
(1951–2014)
Bosniak 28 February 2004 28 October 2004 SDA
13 (8) Borislav Paravac, Pope johnpaul funeral politics Borislav Paravac
(born 1943)
Serb 28 October 2004 28 June 2005 SDS
14 10 Ivo Miro Jovic Ivo Miro Jović
(born 1950)
Croat 28 June 2005 28 February 2006 HDZ BiH
15 (9) Sulejman Tihić Sulejman Tihić
(1951–2014)
Bosniak 28 February 2006 6 November 2006 SDA
16 11 Nebojsa Radmanovic Nebojša Radmanović
(born 1949)
Serb 6 November 2006 6 July 2007 SNSD
17 12 Željko Komšić Željko Komšić
(born 1964)
Croat 6 July 2007 6 March 2008 SDP BiH
18 13 Haris Silajdžić Haris Silajdžić
(born 1945)
Bosniak 6 March 2008 6 November 2008 SBiH
19 (11) Nebojsa Radmanovic Nebojša Radmanović
(born 1949)
Serb 6 November 2008 6 July 2009 SNSD
20 (12) Željko Komšić Željko Komšić
(born 1964)
Croat 6 July 2009 6 March 2010 SDP BiH
21 (13) Haris Silajdžić Haris Silajdžić
(born 1945)
Bosniak 6 March 2010 10 November 2010 SBiH
22 (11) Nebojsa Radmanovic Nebojša Radmanović
(born 1949)
Serb 10 November 2010 10 July 2011 SNSD
23 (12) Željko Komšić Željko Komšić
(born 1964)
Croat 10 July 2011 10 March 2012 SDP BiH
24 14 Izetbegović, Bakir Bakir Izetbegović
(born 1956)
Bosniak 10 March 2012 10 November 2012 SDA
25 (11) Nebojsa Radmanovic Nebojša Radmanović
(born 1949)
Serb 10 November 2012 10 July 2013 SNSD
26 (12) Željko Komšić Željko Komšić
(born 1964)
Croat 10 July 2013 10 March 2014 DF
27 (14) Izetbegović, Bakir Bakir Izetbegović
(born 1956)
Bosniak 10 March 2014 17 November 2014 SDA
28 15 Mladen Ivanic Mladen Ivanić
(born 1958)
Serb 17 November 2014 17 July 2015 PDP
29 (7) Dragan Čović Dragan Čović
(born 1956)
Croat 17 July 2015 17 March 2016 HDZ BiH
30 (14) Izetbegović, Bakir Bakir Izetbegović
(born 1956)
Bosniak 17 March 2016 17 November 2016 SDA
31 (15) Mladen Ivanic Mladen Ivanić
(born 1958)
Serb 17 November 2016 17 July 2017 PDP
32 (7) Dragan Čović Dragan Čović
(born 1956)
Croat 17 July 2017 17 March 2018 HDZ BiH
33 (14) Izetbegović, Bakir Bakir Izetbegović
(born 1956)
Bosniak 17 March 2018 20 November 2018 SDA
34 16 Milorad Dodik (cropped) Milorad Dodik
(born 1959)
Serb 20 November 2018 Incumbent SNSD

See also

1992 Bosnian independence referendum

An independence referendum was held in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 29 February and 1 March 1992, following the first free elections of 1990 and the rise of ethnic tensions that led to the breakup of Yugoslavia. Independence was strongly favored by Bosniak and Bosnian Croat voters while Bosnian Serbs boycotted the referendum or were prevented from participating by Bosnian Serb authorities. The total turnout of voters was 63.4%, 99.7% of whom voted for independence. On 3 March, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegović declared the independence of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the parliament ratified the action. On 6 April, the United States and the European Economic Community recognized Bosnia and Herzegovina as an independent state and on 22 May it was admitted into the United Nations.

Ante Jelavić

Ante Jelavić (born 21 August 1963) is a Bosnian Croat politician and former Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Jelavić was born in 1963 in Podprolog, Vrgorac, Croatia, then Yugoslavia, and was elected to the post as a candidate of the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Jelavić served as Chairman of the Presidency from 15 June 1999, to 14 February 2000. He was removed from his position on the three-member Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina by decision of the High Representative, Wolfgang Petritsch, in March 2001. Petritsch justified his decision by observing that Jelavić had "directly violated the constitutional order of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of Bosnia and Herzegovina"; in particular he cited Jelavić's leading role in the 'Croat National Assembly' rally in Mostar of 3 March 2001, calling for a separate governing entity for Bosnian Croats.On 22 January 2004, he was arrested in his home in Mostar, on charges of corruption. On 4 November 2005, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo found Jelavić guilty of abuse of office, embezzlement of office, and lack of commitment in office. The findings of guilt related, in part, to the use of funds from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Defence to purchase shares in banking and insurance firms Hercegovačka Banka and Herzegovina Osiguranje. Judge Malcolm Simmons presided, A sentence of ten years imprisonment was subsequently pronounced, although Jelavić was not present at the sentencing hearing and remained at large.His attorney, Dragan Barbarić, acting in his client's absence, initiated a successful appeal against the first instance verdict on the grounds that it lacked proper factual description of the offence and as such was in violation of criminal procedural law. On 4 July 2006, with the verdict revoked, the appeal panel, presided over by Judge Nedžad Popovac, called for new proceedings in which evidence presented at the first trial will be re-presented and in which new evidence may also be presented.

Bakir Izetbegović

Bakir Izetbegović (Bosnian pronunciation: [bâːkir ǐzedbegoʋit͡ɕ]; born 28 June 1956) is a Bosnian politician. From 2010 to 2018, he was the Bosniak member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is the President of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA).

Beriz Belkić

Beriz Belkić (born 8 September 1946) is a former Member and Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Belkić graduated from the faculty of economics with the University of Sarajevo, in his hometown. He served on various administrative positions, on municipal, cantonal and state level.

Following the elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belkić was elected as a parliament member in the Bosnia-Herzegovina House of Representatives. On 30 March 2001, he was elected by the Parliament to replace Halid Genjac as substitute member of the Presidency, following the withdrawal of Alija Izetbegović. Following the elections in 2006, Belkić served as Chairman of the House of Representatives from 11 January to 11 September 2007.

He was a founding member of the Party for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dragan Čović

Dragan Čović (pronounced [drǎgan t͡ʃǒːʋit͡ɕ]; born 20 August 1956) is a Bosnian Croat politician and leader of the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ BiH) party. Having served as the Croat member of Bosnia's tripartite Presidency since 2014, he is due to leave office after losing his bid re-election in 2018.

Haris Silajdžić

Haris Silajdžić (Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [xaris silajdʒitɕ]) (Cyrillic: Харис Силајџић; born 1 October 1945) is a Bosnian politician and academic. In the 2006 elections, Silajdžić was elected as the Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina for four years in the rotating presidency.

List of state leaders in 2000

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 2000.

List of state leaders in 2003

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 2003.

List of state leaders in 2004

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 2004.

List of state leaders in 2008

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 2008.

List of state leaders in 2010

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 2010.

List of state leaders in 2012

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 2012.

Mirko Šarović

Mirko Šarović (Serbian Cyrillic: Мирко Шаровић; born 16 September 1956) is a Bosnian Serb politician and former Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Šarović resigned on 2 April 2003 amid allegations of his involvement in organising illegal military trading with Iraq.

Mladen Ivanić

Mladen Ivanić (Serbian Cyrillic: Младен Иванић, pronounced [mlâden ǐʋanit͡ɕ]; born 16 September 1958) is a Bosnian Serb politician who has been a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2014 and is due to leave office in 2018 after losing his bid for re-election.

Born in Sanski Most, Ivanić has lived in Banja Luka since 1971, when he earned his university diploma in economics there. He then received a doctorate in Belgrade; the thesis was titled Contemporary Marxist political economy in the West. He undertook post-Doctoral studies at the University of Mannheim and the University of Glasgow. Upon completion of his studies, he worked as a journalist. From 1985 to 1988, he lectured in Political Economy at the Faculty of Economics in Banja Luka, and later also in Sarajevo and Glasgow. His political career began in 1988, when he became a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina during Yugoslav Socialist times.From 2001-03, Ivanić was Prime Minister of Republika Srpska (RS), one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's two entities. He also served as the sixth foreign minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina since it became independent in 1992, succeeding Zlatko Lagumdžija on the post, and as such was a member of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In turn, he was succeeded on the post in 2007 by Sven Alkalaj.He is a founding member of the center-right Bosnian Serb Party of Democratic Progress (PDP) and was its President from 1999 to 2015. In October 2014, he was elected as the Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, narrowly beating SNSD's candidate, the RS PM Željka Cvijanović. His victory marked the first time since the Dayton Agreement that the Serb member of the Presidency received the highest number of votes in the country, out of the three elected members. He was chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (head of state) from 17 November 2014 until 17 July 2015.Ivanić is fluent in English.On October 7, 2018, Ivanić lost his bid for re-election to the Bosnian Presidency to Bosnian Serb politician Milorad Dodik.

Nebojša Radmanović

Nebojša Radmanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Небојша Радмановић, pronounced [radmǎːnoʋit͡ɕ]; born 1 October 1949) is a Bosnian Serb politician.

Obrad Piljak

Obrad Piljak (Bosnian pronunciation: [ǒbraːt pǐːʎak]); 1933 – 7 April 2013) was a Bosnian politician and former Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, from April 1989 to December 1990. He was the last nominated (non-elected) member of the Communist party of Bosnia and Herzegovina to serve as Presidency chairman, before the first multi-party elections were held in 1990 and Alija Izetbegović replaced him in his post.

Obrad Piljak was born in 1933 in Petrovo Vrelo, Glamoč. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economics. When not in politics, he was involved with banking and worked at the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Piljak was on the Advisory Board of the Federal Banking Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was also an associate professor at the Faculty of economics in the University of Sarajevo. Piljak died in 2013, aged 80.

Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian: Predsjedništvo Bosne i Hercegovine / Предсједништво Босне и Херцеговине) is the three-member body which collectively serves as head of state of Bosnia and Herzegovina.According to the Article V of the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Presidency comprises three members: one Bosniak, one Serb, and one Croat. The Bosniak and Croat members are elected from a joint constituency in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, whilst the Serb member is elected from voters in Republika Srpska.

The three members elected at any one election serve a collective four-year term. Similar to the Russian presidency, individuals are able to serve no more than two consecutive four-year terms, although there are no overall term limits.

Although the unsubdivided body is the collective head of state, one member is designated as Chairperson. The position of Chairperson rotates twice around the three members every eight months, with the candidate recieiving the most votes overall becoming the first Chairperson over the four-year term.

Raif Dizdarević

Raif Dizdarević (born 9 December 1926) is a Bosnian politician who served as Yugoslavia's first Bosniak president. Dizdarević participated in the armed resistance as a Yugoslav Partisan during World War II.

Živko Radišić

Živko Radišić (Serbian Cyrillic: Живко Радишић, pronounced [ʒîːʋko rǎdiʃit͡ɕ]; born 15 August 1937) is a Bosnian Serb politician and former Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Born in Prijedor in 1937, Radišić graduated in 1964 from the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Political Sciences. From 1977 to 1982, he served as the mayor of Banja Luka, Bosnia's second-largest city. From 1982 to 1985 he headed the defense ministry of SR Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1996, he became a founding member of the Socialist Party of Republika Srpska.

Radišić was elected Bosnian Serb member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency in September 1998, defeating the incumbent Momčilo Krajišnik by 45,000 votes. Radišić chaired the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1998–1999 and from 2000–2001.

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