Sefik Dzaferovic, Izetbegovic’s Loyal Successor on Bosnian Presidency

Sefik Dzaferovic, 61, is set to replace Bakir Izetbegovic as the Bosniak member of Bosnia’s tripartite state presidency.

However, his days in this post will be difficult, as he will share the role of collective head of state with the Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik, as well as with Zeljko Komsic, analysts say.

For Bosniaks, Dzaferovic’s win came as no surprise. He is a vice-president of Izetbegovic’s party, the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, the main Bosniak party, whose candidates have been winning seats on the state presidency in most elections since 1996.

“Izetbegovic has done good things for Bosnia and I will continue the same way. I will be happy to be like him,” Dzaferovic told the media at a press conference on October 7, when declaring his victory.

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