Rasim Ljajić

Rasim Ljajić (Serbian Cyrillic: Расим Љајић, pronounced [rǎːsim ʎǎːjitɕ]; born 28 January 1964) is a Serbian politician who served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications from 27 July 2012 to 28 October 2020. He is the president of the Social Democratic Party of Serbia, elected from 21 January 2007. Ljajić was also the president of the National Council for Cooperation with the Hague Tribunal.

Rasim Ljajić
Расим Љајић
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Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia
In office
27 July 2012 – 28 October 2020
Prime MinisterIvica Dačić
Aleksandar Vučić
Ivica Dačić (Acting)
Ana Brnabić
Preceded byVerica Kalanović
Succeeded byBranko Ružić
Maja Gojković
Branislav Nedimović
Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications
In office
27 July 2012 – 28 October 2020
Prime MinisterIvica Dačić
Aleksandar Vučić
Ivica Dačić (Acting)
Ana Brnabić
Preceded byDušan Petrović (Trade)
Milutin Mrkonjić (Telecommunications)
Succeeded byTatjana Matić
Minister of Labour and Social Policy
In office
15 May 2007 – 27 July 2012
Prime MinisterMirko Cvetković
Vojislav Koštunica
Preceded bySlobodan Lalović
Succeeded byJovan Krkobabić
Minister of Human and Minority Rights of Serbia and Montenegro
In office
17 March 2003 – 3 June 2006
PresidentSvetozar Marović
Minister of Human and Minority Rights of FR Yugoslavia
In office
4 November 2000 – 7 March 2003
PresidentVojislav Koštunica
Prime MinisterDragiša Pešić
Zoran Žižić
Personal details
Born (1964-01-28) 28 January 1964 (age 57)
Novi Pazar, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Serbia
(2008–)
Other political
affiliations
Sandžak Democratic Party
(1993–)
Party of Democratic Action of Sandžak
(1990–1993)
ResidenceBelgrade, Serbia
Alma materUniversity of Sarajevo
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionPhysician

EducationEdit

Ljajić graduated from the University of Sarajevo School of Medicine.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

In 1990, Ljajić was elected Secretary General of the Party of Democratic Action of Sandžak as one of its founders, a branch of the SDA in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, aimed at gathering Bosniaks in Serbia.[1] In 1993 he left the party and with dissidents formed the Sandžak Democratic Party, criticizing Sulejman Ugljanin for being an extremist and endorsing separatism from Yugoslavia in an effort to join an enlarged Bosnia dominated by Bosnian Muslims.

One of the Democratic Opposition of Serbia leaders, he became Minister of Human and Minority Rights in 2000 after the fall of Slobodan Milošević, and his mandate as a minister was extended in the rump DS-led 2001 government.[2]

Ljajić is the long-term Head of the Coordination Team with the Hague Tribunal. In the 2003 parliamentary election he unsuccessfully led a "Together for Tolerance" coalition, along with Nenad Čanak of the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina and Jožef Kasa of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians. The coalition received 4.2% of the vote and did not pass the 5% threshold.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Ljajić is an ethnic Bosniak.[4] His relative and close friend Dževad Ljajić died in the military helicopter crash in Serbia on the night of 14 March 2015, which also claimed six other lives.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bugajski, Janusz (2020). Political Parties of Eastern Europe: A Guide to Politics in the Post-communist Era: A Guide to Politics in the Post-communist Era. Routledge. p. 471. ISBN 978-1-00016-135-9.
  2. ^ Rasim Ljajić at the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights website at the Wayback Machine (archive index)
  3. ^ Muller, Tom (2012). Political Handbook of the World 2012. SAGE. p. 1258. ISBN 978-1-60871-995-2.
  4. ^ "Muslim Academy "part of election campaign" - English - on B92.net".
  5. ^ "MINISTAR LJAJIĆ: Poginuo mi je rođak, brinuću o njegovoj porodici dok sam živ!". www.telegraf.rs.

External linksEdit

Government offices
Preceded by
Slobodan Lalović
Minister of Labour and Social Policy
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Jovan Krkobabić
Preceded by
Verica Kalanović
Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia
2012–2020
Succeeded by
Branko Ružić
Maja Gojković
Branislav Nedimović
Preceded by
Dušan Petrović (Trade)
Milutin Mrkonjić (Telecommunications)
Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications
2012–2020
Succeeded by
Tatjana Matić