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Hrvatski član Predsjedništvo Bosne i Hercegovine. | Currently the Croat Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Željko Komšić Biography

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Željko Komšić (Sarajevo, 20. januar 1964) je bosanskohercegovački političar. 1. oktobra 2006. izabran je za člana Predsjedništva BiH iz reda hrvatskog naroda kao kandidat Socijaldemokratske partije BiH.

 

Željko Komšić je završio Pravni fakultet Univerziteta u Sarajevu i School of Foreign Service na Univerzitetu Georgetown u Vašingtonu. Napadom srpske vojske na Sarajevo priključio se Armiji RBiH, gdje se istakao u vojnim zadacima, za šta je dobio najveće vojno odlikovanje Armije RBiH, Zlatni ljiljan. Nakon rata uključio se aktivno u politički život BiH. 2000. godine je izabran za načelnika općine Novo Sarajevo u Sarajevu, a 2001. godine postao je prvi ambasador BiH u Srbiji i Crnoj Gori. Na lokalnim izborima 2004. godine direktnim glasanjem je izabran za još jedan mandat načelnika općine Novo Sarajevo, a na toj funkciji je ostao do oktobarskih izbora 2006, kada je izabran za člana Predsjedništva BiH.

 

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Željko Komšić (born 20 January 1964) is a Bosnian politician who currently serves as Croat Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Komšić was a prominent figure of the Social Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina until he left it in July 2012, apparently because of the SDP's agreement with the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ) about the new majority in the Federal Parliament.

 

Many consider him to be an illegitimate representative of Bosnian Croats as he was elected by mostly Bosniak voters.

 

Early life and the Bosnian War

Komšić has a law degree from University of Sarajevo and he also studied at Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is a lawyer by profession. During the Bosnian war, he served in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and received the Golden Lily — the highest military decoration awarded by the Bosnian-Herzegovinian government.

 

Political career

After the war, Komšić embarked on a political career as a member of the Social Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SDP-BiH). He was a councilman of the municipality of Novo Sarajevo and in the city council of Sarajevo, before being elected the head of the municipal government of Novo Sarajevo in 2000. He then also served as the deputy mayor of Sarajevo for two years. When the "Alliance for Democratic Change" coalition came to power in 1998, Komšić was named the ambassador to the now defunct Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Belgrade. He resigned this commission after the election in 2002 when SDP went back into opposition. He is one of the three vice-presidents of the Social Democratic Party.

 

First term presidency

Komšić was SDP's candidate for the Croatian seat in the Presidency in the Bosnia and Herzegovina general election, 2006. He received 116,062 votes, or 39.6% ahead of Ivo Miro Jović (HDZ; 26.1%), Božo Ljubić (HDZ 1990; 18,2%), Mladen Ivanković-Lijanović (NSRB; 8,5%), Zvonko Jurišić (HSP; 6.9%) and Irena Javor-Korjenić (0,7%). He was sworn into office on 1 October 2006. His victory was widely attributed to a split in the HDZ-BiH party, enabling the SDP to win a majority of the Bosniaks votes. Many nationalist Croats claim him to be an illegitimate representative of Bosnian Croats and suggest he was elected by mostly Bosniak voters.

 

In May 2008, the Bosniak Member of the State Presidency, Haris Silajdžić, stated during his visit to Washington D. C. that there is only one language in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that it goes by three names. His statement created negative reactions from Croat political parties and, at the time, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik. Komšić replied to Silajdžić that he is not the one who will decide how many languages are being spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to a study conducted by the National Democratic Institute in 2010, Komšić was the most popular politician among the Bosniaks.

 

Second term presidency

At the 2010 general election, Komšić won 337,065 votes, 60,6% of total. He was followed by Borjana Krišto (HDZ; 19,7%), Martin Raguž (HK; 10,8%), Jerko Ivanković-Lijanović (NSRB; 8,1%), Pero Galić (0,3%), Mile Kutle (0,2%) and Ferdo Galić (0,2%).

 

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26.2.09, 2010-07-04

updated: 2013-01-05

 

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