(AP, DPA, AKI - 06/11/06; Official BiH Presidency Web Site; Wikipedia)
Nebojsa Radmanovic was sworn in as a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) tripartite presidency on November 6th, 2006, five weeks after the country's general elections. Representing BiH's Serb community, he and the other two members of the collective presidency, Bosniak Haris Silajdzic and Croat Zeljko Komsic, were elected by direct popular vote to a four-year term, replacing Borislav Paravac, Sulejman Tihic and Ivo Miro Jovic, respectively. On November 6th, 2006, Radmanovic became the first to take the presidency's eight-month rotating chairmanship.
Radmanovic was born on October 1st, 1949, in Gracanica. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. In his professional career, he served as director of the Bosanska Krajina Archives and of the Republika Srpska Archives, director of the National Theatre in Banja Luka, chairman of the executive board of the city of Banja Luka, member of the Republika Srpska Parliament and minister of administration and local self-government of Republika Srpska.
A member of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), Radmanovic was elected to the presidency after winning 53.26% of the Bosnian Serb vote.
At the inaugural session on November 6th, 2006, he outlined European integration, ethnic reconciliation and economic revival as key goals for BiH.
"Bosnia and Herzegovina must progress. We have to become a real part of Europe," Radmanovic said. "I see the mandate that I have received as an obligation. I have a great obligation to the numerous citizens of Republika Srpska who voted for me, but also to those who didn't. I have an obligation to every citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I will fulfil it."
Radmanovic is the author several expert and scientific publications and of several books.