Bakir Izetbegović

Bakir Izetbegović (Bosnian pronunciation: [bâːkir ǐzedbegoʋit͡ɕ]; born 28 June 1956) is a Bosnian politician who is the current President of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) and member of the House of Peoples since 25 February 2019.

Bakir Izetbegović
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Member of the House of Peoples
Assumed office
25 February 2019
24th, 27th, 30th and 33rd Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
17 March 2018 – 20 November 2018
Preceded byDragan Čović
Succeeded byMilorad Dodik
In office
17 March 2016 – 17 November 2016
Preceded byDragan Čović
Succeeded byMladen Ivanić
In office
10 March 2014 – 17 November 2014
Preceded byŽeljko Komšić
Succeeded byMladen Ivanić
In office
10 March 2012 – 10 November 2012
Preceded byŽeljko Komšić
Succeeded byNebojša Radmanović
President of the Party of Democratic Action
Assumed office
25 September 2014
Acting: 25 September 2014 – 26 May 2015
Preceded bySulejman Tihić
7th Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
10 November 2010 – 20 November 2018
Prime MinisterNikola Špirić
Vjekoslav Bevanda
Denis Zvizdić
Preceded byHaris Silajdžić
Succeeded byŠefik Džaferović
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
6 November 2006 – 10 November 2010
Member of the Federal House of Representatives
In office
28 October 2002 – 6 November 2006
Personal details
Born (1956-06-28) 28 June 1956 (age 64)
Sarajevo, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia
Political partyParty of Democratic Action (1990–present)
Spouse(s)
Sebija Građević
(m. 1983)
ChildrenJasmina Izetbegović
RelativesAlija Izetbegović (Father)
Halida Repovac (Mother)
ResidenceSarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Alma materUniversity of Sarajevo

From 2010 until 2018, he served as the 7th Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Izetbegović is the son of the first and only president of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegović. He has been married to Sebija Građević since 1983 and together they have a daughter Jasmina.

Early life and educationEdit

Izetbegović was born in Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia on 28 June 1956. He is the son of the first President of independent Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegović[1] and Halida Repovac.

He attended primary school 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 FK Sarajevo, a member of the Management Board of KK Bosna Royal and of the Management Board Member of the Muslim Humanitarian Society "Merhamet" and member of the Council of the Islamic Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Early political careerEdit

Izetbegović's father groomed him as his personal assistant to be the future Bosniak leader.[2]

From 1991 to 2003, he served as director of the Construction Institute of the Sarajevo Canton. He entered politics in 2000 and after serving in two regional assemblies, was elected to the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2006.[3]

He became the Deputy Head of his father's Party of Democratic Action (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 Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 to 2006, and at the House of Representatives 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. In May 2015, he was elected as president of the Party of Democratic Action, succeeding Sulejman Tihić.

PresidencyEdit

First term (2010–2014)Edit

 
Izetbegović with former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on 30 October 2012 in Sarajevo.

In the 2010 election, Izetbegović was elected to the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina as the Bosniak member. He 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%. The remaining 9% of the votes were split among other candidates.

Second term (2014–2018)Edit

 
Izetbegović alongside President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani in October 2016.

At the 2014 election, Izetbegović ran for a second term in the Presidency, winning 247,235 votes, 32.8% of the total and being elected for a second time. He was followed by Fahrudin Radončić 26.7% and Emir Suljagić 15.1%. Seven other candidates split the remaining 25% of the votes cast.

In July 2014, Izetbegović stated that Gaza "was for many years a target of Israeli attacks" and warned that the world was "becoming used to violence perpetrated by Israel".[4]

In early 2017, he met Egyptian members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the building of the Presidency.[5]

In November 2017, he threatened with war if Republika Srpska opted for independence, and at the same time controversially said that Bosnia and Herzegovina should recognize the independence of Kosovo.[6] On 22 November 2017, a discussion was held on the matter on the TV show Globalno of RTV BN.[7]

End of PresidencyEdit

On 7 October 2018, Šefik Džaferović, a member and vice-president of Izetbegović's SDA, won the 2018 election for the Bosniak membership of the Presidency and succeeded Izetbegović as the 8th Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[8][9] During his Presidency, Izetbegović held the chairmanship of the Presidency four times all together during the period of 2010–2018.

Post-PresidencyEdit

Shortly after having to leave the Presidency, on 25 February 2019, Izetbegović became a member of the House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the two chambers of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[10] Three days later, on 28 February, he became the new chairman of the House of Peoples.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Izetbegović has been married to Sebija Građević since 1983, and together they have a daughter named Jasmina.[12] They live in Sarajevo. His wife is the Managing Director of "KCUS" - Klinički Centar Univerziteta Sarajevo (English: University of Sarajevo Clinical Center). The youngest member of the Izetbegović family born in March 1996 is M.E. Izetbegović.

On 16 October 2020, it was confirmed that Izetbegović tested positive for COVID-19, amid its pandemic in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Carmichael, Cathie (2015), A Concise History of Bosnia, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 178, ISBN 1316395294
  2. ^ "Iznenadit ćete se: Znate li šta je Bakir Izetbegović radio tokom rata u BiH?" [You will be surprised: Do you know what Bakir Izetbegovic did during the war in BiH?] (in Bosnian). 15 April 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  3. ^ "The Key Political Players". Balkan Insight. 26 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Bakir Izetbegović: Čuvati sjećanje na genocid u Srebrenici, da se ne ponovi". Radio Sarajevo. 9 July 2014. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Izetbegović i muslimansko bratstvo". Dnevnik.ba.
  6. ^ "Bosnian Serbs Threaten Walkout Over Izetbegovic Statement". Balkan Insight. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Da li je moguća nezavisnost RS?" [Is RS Independence Possible?] (in Bosnian). RTV BN. 22 November 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  8. ^ "The Latest: Partial tally has nationalist Bosnian Serb ahead". Associated Press. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  9. ^ Maja Zuvela; Daria Sito-Sucic (7 October 2018). "Nationalist Serb, Bosniak leaders win Bosnia's presidential vote". Reuters. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  10. ^ "CIK potvrdio dodjele mandata u Dom naroda BiH" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. 25 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  11. ^ Er. M. (28 February 2019). "Izetbegović, Čović i Špirić izabrani u rukovodstvo Doma naroda Parlamenta BiH" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Sebija Izetbegović za Radiosarajevo.ba: Ja sam obična žena koja mnogo radi" (in Bosnian). Interviewed by Azra Islamagić Mulahmetović. radiosarajevo.ba. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  13. ^ S.H. (16 October 2020). "Bakir Izetbegović pozitivan na koronu!" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. Retrieved 16 October 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Haris Silajdžić
Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2010–2018
Succeeded by
Šefik Džaferović
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
Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2018
Succeeded by
Milorad Dodik