Prime Minister, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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The parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) approved Nedzad Brankovic of the main Bosniak Party of Democratic Action (SDA), as prime minister of BiH's Muslim-Croat entity on March 30th 2007. He was appointed to the post six months after the October 1st 2006 general elections in the country. Brankovic replaced Ahmet Hadzipasic, also of the SDA, as head of the federation's government.
Brankovic was born on December 28th 1962 in the town of Visegrad in eastern BiH. He graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Sarajevo University in 1987. He obtained both his Master's and PhD degrees from the Sarajevo in 1999 and 2006, respectively.
In 1987, Brankovic joined the Institute for Transport in Sarajevo, where he worked until 1992. During the next five years he served as director general of BiH's public railway company and from 1998 until 2002 as general manager of the Sarajevo-based Energoinvest Stock Co. He then continued as advisor to the company's next general manager until 2003, when he was appointed minister of transport and communications in Hadzipasic's cabinet, serving a full four-year term in that post.
Brankovic is a senior assistant lecturer at the Faculty for Transport and Communications at the Sarajevo University.
From 1992 to 1993 Brankovic was a member of the Army of BiH and was later awarded the "Golden Lilly," the highest military decoration.
Brankovic has been a member of the SDA top bodies since 1990 and has served two terms as member of the FBiH parliament's House of the Representatives.
He has also served as president of the Zeljeznicar football club and member of the BiH Olympic Committee.
In the October 2006 elections, the SDA came out first in the poll in FBiH, taking 26% of the vote. On January 17th 2007, the party nominated Brankovic as its candidate for FBiH prime minister.
The five-party coalition government proposed by Brankovic was approved by the entity parliament's lower house and sworn in on March 22nd. The following day, however, High Representative Christian Schwarz-Schilling nullified the decision on the government's appointment saying interior minister nominee Fadil Jaganjac of the Bosniak Party for Bosnia and Herzegovina had failed the required vetting procedure. The party then named Amuhidin Alic as its new candidate for the post and the new 16-member government, including eight Bosniak, five Croat and three Serb ministers, was confirmed on March 30th.
In May, Brankovic said that the programme of his government would focus on priority projects aimed at improving the economic and fiscal conditions in the federation, the construction of roads and meeting the obligations towards the veterans.