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Nikola Špirić (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Шпирић, pronounced [nǐkola ʃpǐːrit͡ɕ]; born 4 September 1956) is a Bosnian Serb politician and the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2007 until 2012.

Nikola Špirić
Никола Шпирић
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Member of the House of Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
2002–2018
Constituency1st Electoral Unit of Republika Srpska
Vice Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Hercegovina
In office
12 January 2012 – 31 March 2015
Prime MinisterVjekoslav Bevanda
Succeeded byVjekoslav Bevanda
Minister of Treasury and Finance
In office
12 January 2012 – 31 March 2015
PresidentNebojša Radmanović
Željko Komšić
Bakir Izetbegović
Prime MinisterVjekoslav Bevanda
Preceded byDragan Vrankić
Succeeded byVjekoslav Bevanda
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
11 January 2007 – 12 January 2012
PresidentNebojša Radmanović
Željko Komšić
Haris Silajdžić
Preceded byAdnan Terzić
Succeeded byVjekoslav Bevanda
Serb delegate and Vice-Chairman of the House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Assumed office
2018
Personal details
Born (1956-09-04) 4 September 1956 (age 62)
Drvar, FPR Yugoslavia
(now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Political partyAlliance of Independent Social Democrats
Alma materUniversity of Sarajevo
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He completed elementary education in Drvar, high school in Sarajevo, and his undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of Sarajevo. He holds a Ph.D. in economics. His doctoral thesis was in monetary and public finance.

Špirić has been an economics professor at the University of Banja Luka since 1992. He held a number of governmental positions including a 4-year term as a representative at the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was Chairman of the House of Peoples in 2002–2003 and Chairman of the House of Representatives in 2003–2004 and 2005–2006.

On 1 November 2007 Špirić tendered his resignation in protest of parliamentary reforms imposed by High Representative Miroslav Lajčák. Špirić felt that the reforms would reduce the influence of Bosnia's Serb population. The resignation was deemed by some to be the country's most serious crisis since the end of the Bosnian War.[1] After the crisis was resolved, he was renominated for the Chairman's post on 10 December 2007,[2] confirmed by the presidency on 27 December 2007 and by parliament on 28 December 2007.[3]

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