Milorad Dodik (Laktaši, Bosna i Hercegovina, 12. mart 1959), bosanskohercegovački političar. Trenutno obavlja funkciju predsjednika Republike Srpske.
Dodik počinje političku karijeru u stranci Ante Markovića, tadašnjeg predsjednika vlade SFRJ, Savezu reformskih snage. Kao član te stranke izabran je u bosanskohercegovačku skupštinu na prvim višestranačkim izborima u BiH 1990. godine.
Za vrijeme rata u BiH sjedio je u protiv ustavnoj Narodnoj Skupštini Srpske Republike Bosne i Hercegovine kao nezavisni poslanik. Tokom 1996. godine učestvuje u stvaranju Stranke nezavisnih socijaldemokrata kada i postaje predsjednik te stranke. Tu funkciju Dodik obnaša i danas.
U 1997. godini je izabran za člana skupštine entiteta Republike Srpske. Pobjedom na izborima postaje mandatar a kasnije i predsjednik vlade entiteta Republike Srpske. Na toj funkciji ostaje do 2001.
godine kada njegova koalicija gubi na izborima. Poslije izbora 2006. godine ponovo se vraća na tu funkciju.
Na izborima održanim u oktobru 2010. godine, izabran je za Predsjednika Republike Srpske.
Milorad Dodik (Serbian: Милорад Додик) (born March 12, 1959) is a Bosnian Serb politician. He is the President of the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD).
Dodik was born in Banja Luka to father Bogoljub and mother Mira.
He lived in Laktaši where he attended elementary school. In 1978 he graduated from an agricultural highschool in Banja Luka, after which he entered the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade, where he graduated in 1983.
Current political activity
In May 2011, Dodik planned to have a referendum held in June that he viewed would reflect on the rejection of Bosnian state institutions, including the war crimes court. The High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, warned that the referendum could potentially jeopardize the Dayton Agreement. However, shortly after tensions increased in regards to the proposed referendum, Republika Srpska decided to cancel the referendum, after Catherine Ashton, EU's High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy reassured Dodik in Banja Luka that EU will examine the complaints of RS on abuses in justice system of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and recommend the changes.
On 25 October 2011, Dodik spoke on "An American Foreign Policy Success Story: The Dayton Accords, Republika Srpska and Bosnia's European Integration" at Columbia University. The event was protested by numerous organizations including the Congress of North American Bosniaks, the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Canadian Institute for the Research of Genocide, the Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. Protests also took place while the speech was in progress.
In October 2012, Dodik proposed that Bosnia and Herzegovina's unified armed forces be abolshed. On 3 November 2012, Dodik announced that the government of Republika Srpska would donate an undisclosed amount to help pay for the renovation of Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej's old residence in Belgrade. Irinej commented that "this is a great opportunity to show practically the unity of the Serbian people and Serbian church outside our borders." Serb bloggers expressed "disagreement with both at a time of severe economic crisis and hardship" followed.
On 13 November 2012, Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, cited Dodik as "the most frequent, although certainly not the sole, proponent of [Bosnian] state dissolution" in a report to the UN Security Council. He added that "the most recent and troubling of these is an initiative sent by the president to the Republika Srpska National Assembly attempting to create conditions that would unilaterally force the dissolution of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina." Vitaly Churkin, Russian Representative to the United Nations, defended Dodik and blamed the Bosniaks for the tension.
Hypo Group Alpe Adria affair
In November 2012, German state prosecution implicated Dodik and his son in a corruption case involving the Hypo Group Alpe Adria bank. The investigation concerned "several criminal offenses, including falsifying of documents, faking financial and business reports and fraud." The judicial system of Bosnia and Herzegovina initially investigated the case following a complaint filing, but "political pressures soon stopped the judicial bodies and the police in the RS." According to Domagoj Margetić, a Croatian journalist, Dodik had bribed and threatened him in order to not link him to the Hypo Group Alpe Adria affair story.
November 30, 2012