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Željka Cvijanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Жељка Цвијановић; Serbo-Croatian: [ʒeʎka tsʋijanoʋitɕ]), née Grabovac (Serbian Cyrillic: Грабовац; born 2 August 1967), is a Bosnian Serb politician, President of Republika Srpska for the Bosnian Serb SNSD party.[1] She was Prime Minister of Republika Srpska from 12 March 2013 to 19 November 2018. On 7 October 2018 she was elected to be President of Republic of Srpska.

Željka Cvijanović
Željka Cvijanović, 2018.jpg
9th President of Republika Srpska
Assumed office
19 November 2018
Preceded byMilorad Dodik
11th Prime Minister of Republika Srpska
In office
12 March 2013 – 19 November 2018
PresidentMilorad Dodik
Preceded byAleksandar Džombić
Succeeded byRadovan Višković
Minister of Economic Affairs and Regional Cooperation
In office
2010–2013
Preceded byJasna Brkić
Succeeded byIgor Vidović
Personal details
Born (1967-08-02) 2 August 1967 (age 52)
Teslić, Yugoslavia
(now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
NationalityBosnian Serb
Political partyAlliance of Independent Social Democrats
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Banja Luka

BiographyEdit

Before going into full-time politics, Cvijanović was an English teacher. She studied at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, the Faculty of Philosophy in Banja Luka and the Faculty of Law in Banja Luka. She is a professor of English language and literature and also holds a master's degree in diplomatic and consular law from The Banja Luka Law School on "The International and legal status of the EU".

Cvijanović worked as a teacher of English and as a senior interpreter and assistant for the EU Monitoring Mission in BiH. Then she was an advisor for European Integration and cooperation with international organizations to the RS Prime Minister Milorad Dodik; as Chief of Cabinet Affairs of the RS Prime Minister; and managed the Unit for coordination and European integration.

In the 2010-2014 parliamentary term she was an expert-external member of the Committee for European Integration and Regional Cooperation of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska. On 29 December 2010 she was appointed to the position of Minister of Economic Affairs and Regional Cooperation in the RS Government led by PM Aleksandar Džombić, and on 12 March 2013 she was appointed by the RS President Milorad Dodik as RS Prime Minister, being the first woman in that position.

At the 2014 Bosnian general election Cvijanović stood as a candidate of the incumbent coalition SNSD-DNS-SPRS for the Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She lost against the opposition candidate Mladen Ivanić (PDP) and was reappointed to the RS Prime Minister office in the 15th Government of Republika Srpska.

She is an SNSD member, also a member of the SNSD Executive Board, and of the SNSD Main Board.

Željka is married and has two sons.

ReferencesEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
Aleksandar Džombić
Prime Minister of Republika Srpska
2013–2018
Succeeded by
Radovan Višković
Preceded by
Milorad Dodik
President of Republika Srpska
2018–present
Incumbent