Dragan Čavić

Dragan Čavić (Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Чавић; born 10 March 1958) is a Bosnian politician of Serb ethnicity, who was the President of Republika Srpska in 2002–2006, after having been Vice President of Republika Srpska in 2000–2002.[1][2]

Dragan Čavić
Драган Чавић
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Čavić at a Belgrade roundtable on the Republika Srpska–Serbia relations and status of the opposition parties in Republika Srpska in February 2013.
5th President of Republika Srpska
In office
28 November 2002 – 9 November 2006
Vice PresidentAdil Osmanović
Ivan Tomljenović
Preceded byMirko Šarović
Succeeded byMilan Jelić
Personal details
Born (1958-03-10) 10 March 1958 (age 62)
Zenica, Yugoslavia
Political partySerb Democratic Party (until 2009)
Democratic Party (2009–2013)
National Democratic Movement (since 2013)
Alma materUniversity of Banja Luka

Education and private lifeEdit

Čavić attended elementary and high school in Banja Luka, and graduated from the Economics Faculty of the University of Banja Luka in 1980. He worked as an economist, financial manager and commercial director in several public and private companies. Čavić is married and has a son and a daughter.

Political careerEdit

Čavić is a former member of the Serb Democratic Party: he served as president of the party until 2006, after having been deputy president of the party presidency from June 1998 to March 2002. At the party elections in 2002 he was elected deputy president of the party.

In 1998 he was elected deputy in the National Assembly of Republika Srpska. He was removed from office by the then High Representative Carlos Westendorp since he was deemed obstructing implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement, and banned from political activity. The decision was overturned in 1999 by Vestendorp's successor, Wolfgang Petritsch.

Dragan Čavić became the president of Republika Srpska on 28 November 2002, after the municipal elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina in October, thus replacing the former president Mirko Sarovic. Čavić received 35.9% of votes, while his most successful rival, Milan Jelic, won 22.1%. Voter turnout was 53.9%.

At the 2006 Bosnian general election, Dragan Čavić lost in the race for president of Republika Srpska to his rival Milan Jelic (SNSD). Shortly afterwards he was blamed for the defeat and resigned as president of the SDS. The SDS was then split between two factions in conflicts: the reformists led by Čavić, and the conservatives backed by Dragan Kalinic, former President of the SDS.

On 11 December 2008, Dragan Čavić at a press conference announced his retirement from the SDS and the launch of a new party, together with the RS MP Vojislav Gligić and Branislav Škobo, also former SDS MPs. On 15 January 2009 in Banja Luka Čavić registered the Democratic Party of Republika Srpska, whose co-founders are Momcilo Novaković, Vojislav Gligić, Branislav Škobo and Djordje Milićević. Since 2010 he is a deputy of this party in the Parliament of Republika Srpska.[3]

At the local elections 2012, Čavić run for mayor of Banja Luka; with 32.2% of the vote, he came second to Slobodan Gavranović (SNSD), elected with 40.2% of the votes.[4]

In 2013 his Democratic Party merged with the National Democratic Party to form the National Democratic Movement.


Order of Republika Srpska (2012)[5]


  1. ^ "Dragan Cavic, Republika Srpska President". The Southeast European Times. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Dragan Cavic Blog". Frontal. Archived from the original on 2011-11-05.
  3. ^ page about Dragan Čavić on narodnaskupstinars.net (English)
  4. ^ Election result of the mayoral election in Banja Luka 2012, see also: A lesson for Dodik , taz.de, October 9, 2012
  5. ^ "Srpska obilježila 20 godina postojanja, Dan i krsnu slavu Svetog Stefana" (in Serbian). Radio-televizija Republike Srpske. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.

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