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Željka Cvijanović

President of the Republic of Srpska

She was born on March 4, 1967 in Teslić where she completed elementary and high school.

She started her higher education at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, then continued her education at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Banja Luka and at the Faculty of Law at the University of Banja Luka.

She also obtained her Master`s degree in the field of diplomatic and consular law, based on the topic “The international and legal position of the European Union”.

During her career, she worked as a teacher and professor of English, and later as a Senior Interpreter and Assistant to the European Union Monitoring Mission in BiH.

Since February 2006, she was appointed an Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska for European Integration and Cooperation with International Organisations. Later, she was elected as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska.

Ms. Cvijanović headed the Coordination and European Integration Unit and was an Expert member to the Committee for European Integration and Regional Cooperation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska.

She was elected a Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation in the Republic of Srpska Government on December 29, 2010.

She took over the position of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska on December 18, 2014 and was the first woman to serve as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska.

After winning the General Elections in 2018, she was elected the President of the Republic of Srpska.

Ms. Cvijanović officially took over the duty of the President of the Republic of Srpska on November 19, 2018.

She is married and mother of two children.