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|Assumed office |
28 February, 2006
|Deputy||Anton Kasipović (Indp.)|
Omer Branković (SDA)
|Preceded by||Pero Bukejlović|
6th Prime Minister of Republika Srpska
18 January, 1998 – 12 January, 2001
|Preceded by||Gojko Kličković|
|Succeeded by||Mladen Ivanić|
|Born||March 12, 1959 |
Laktaši, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
|Political party||Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD)|
Milorad Dodik (Serbian: Милорад Додик) (born March 12, 1959, Laktaši, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia) is the Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, one of the two entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the president of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (Савез независних социјалдемократа, Savez nezavisnih socijaldemokrata) political party. Dodik graduated from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade. He is an honorary president of Basketball club Partizan Belgrade  On February 9, 2009, Milorad Dodik was accused of abuse of power and embezzlement costing the state and the Bosnian Serb entity budgets millions of euros.
From 1986 through 1990 he was the President of the Executive Board of the Municipal Assembly of Laktaši (i.e. the municipal "prime minister"). In 1990, in the first multi-party elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina he was elected to the Parliament of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a candidate of the Union of Reform Forces. During the War in Bosnia, he served as a representative in the National Assembly of the Republika Srpska. During that time, he formed the Independent Members of Parliament Caucus (Клуб независних посланика у Народној Скупштини Републике Српске, Klub nezavisnih poslanika u Narodnoj Skupštini Republike Srpske), which was the only political opposition the Serb Democratic Party (Српска демократска странка, Srpska demokratska stranka), which held the absolute majority in the war-time parliament of the Republika Srpska.
The caucus he chaired was to form the core of the Party of Independent Social Democrats (Stranka nezavisnih socijaldemokrata, or SNSD) in 1996, after the peace was signed as a result of the Dayton Agreement. He was elected as the first President of SNSD. The party later united with another social-democratic party to form the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, of which Milorad Dodik is President. In 1997, he was elected into the NSRS and then became the majority leader in national assembly.
Prime Minister of Republika Srpska (1998-2001, 2005-)
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During the years in opposition, he concentrated on the strengthening of his political party, which swept the elections in October 2006. During the election campaign, which he led under the slogan "Republic of Srpska, the better part of BiH" he stood opposite to the calls from the other BiH entity (namely from the Bosniak-dominated Party for Bosnia and Herzegovina (SBiH)) for the abolishment on the Republika Srpska. In response to this, he said he would call for a referendum on the independence of Republika Srpska.
On February 9, 2009, Milorad Dodik was accused of abuse of power and embezzlement costing the state and the Bosnian Serb entity budgets millions of euros.
Bosnian Serb Politicians]]