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Bosnia-Herzegovina profile - Leaders

  • 18 March 2015
  • From the section Europe

President: The presidency rotates every eight months between a Serb, a Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) and a Croat.

The responsibilities of the presidency lie largely in international affairs.

In addition, the Muslim-Croat entity and the Bosnian Serb Republic each have their own presidents.

Prime minister: Denis Zvizdic

Denis Zvizdic of the Muslim Party of Democratic Action became federal prime minister in February 2015, after the party won the most votes in the October 2014 elections.

A former architecture teacher, born in 1964, Mr Zvizdic set himself the goal of pressing ahead with Bosnia's aim of joining the European Union, and made significant progress in March when EU foreign ministers approved a long-delayed Stabilisation and Association Agreement.

The prime minister is a long-standing member of the Party of Democratic Action, and served as prime minister of Sarajevo Canton in 2003-2006.

His predecessor, economist Vjekoslav Bevanda of the Croat Democratic Union, took office in January 2012 as part of a power-sharing accord between the three main communities to end 15 months of deadlock.

He made some progress in tackling corruption and putting Bosnia's economic house in order during his three years in office.