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Sulejman Tihić

Sulejman Tihić
Suljeman Tihić at EPP Summit in October 2009
Bosniak Member of the House of Peoples
In office
20 May 2011 – 20 September 2014
Prime Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda
Constituency III electoral district
Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
5 October 2002 – 6 November 2006
Preceded by Beriz Belkić
Succeeded by Haris Silajdžić
Personal details
Born (1951-11-26)26 November 1951
Bosanski Šamac, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Died 25 September 2014(2014-09-25) (aged 62)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nationality Bosniak
Political party SDA
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Sulejman Tihić (26 November 1951 – 25 September 2014) was a Bosniak politician, a leading member of Party of Democratic Action (SDA).


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
  • Bosnian War 3
  • Illness and death 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Tihić was born in the town of Bosanski Šamac in northern Bosnia. He obtained a degree from the Sarajevo Law School in 1975.[1] Tihić returned to Bosanski Šamac where he worked as a judge, prosecutor and a lawyer.[2]

Political career

In 1990, he was one of the founding members of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA). On 13 October 2001, Tihić was chosen to succeed Alija Izetbegović as head of the SDA party. He was elected to the Presidency on 5 October 2002. He won the elections once more in 2005. He was chairman of the House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 14 November 2007 to 14 July 2008.

Francis A. Boyle stated in his correspondence to the public that Sulejman Tihić and Sakib Softić[3] had ordered the restitution request from his original lawsuit in the Bosnian Genocide Case to be voided, thereby returning a favor to his coalition partners Alliance of Independent Social Democrats in Republika Srpska.

Bosnian War

When the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina started in April 1992, Tihić was captured by Serb soldiers and was tortured in three concentration camps in Bosnia (in Bosanski Šamac, Brčko, and the Batković camp in Bijeljina) before being taken by helicopter to the Batajnica neighborhood of Belgrade in Serbia.[4][5][6] He was also later tortured in a concentration camp in Sremska Mitrovica.

Illness and death

Tihić had a tumor on his colon removed in January 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.[7] On 30 September 2013 it was announced that Tihić had been diagnosed with cancer.[8] He was operated on in Germany on 4 October 2013, and the doctors expressed their satisfaction with his recovery.[9]

On 22 August 2014, Tihić was hospitalized at the Clinical Center of University of Sarajevo and died there on 25 September 2014.[10][11][12] He was buried in the cemetery of the White Mosque in his hometown Bosanski Šamac two days later.[13][14][15]


  1. ^ "Bosnians Pay Tribute as Sulejman Tihic Dies". Balkan Insight. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Preminuo Sulejman Tihić". Blic. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "BH DEMANDS TO ICJ". Sense Tribunal. 2006-04-24. Retrieved 2010-10-31. Sakib Softić, chief legal representative of BiH at the ICJ 
  4. ^ "Nakon duge i teške bolesti – Preminuo Sulejman Tihić". Haber. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Preminuo Sulejman Tihić, predsjednik SDA". Al Jazeera Balkans. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Preminuo Sulejman Tihić, jedan od najutjecajnijih političara BiH". Večernji list. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nakon obavljenih pretraga Tihić napustio kliniku". Klix. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "TEŠKO BOLESTAN: Predsednik SDA Tihić ima rak na mozgu". Kurir. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Predsjednik SDA preselio na ahiret: Umro Sulejman Tihić". Dnevni avaz. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Umro Sulejman Tihić, jedan od najutjecajnijih političara u BiH". 24 sata. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Tihić ima plućnu emboliju: Ljekari ne žele davati nikakve prognoze".  
  12. ^ "Sulejmanu Tihiću uključen program rehabilitacije". Radio Sarajevo. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Pokopan Sulejman Tihić". Jutarnji. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Sahranjen Sulejman Tihić". Al Jazeera Balkans. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Sahranjen Sulejman Tihić". Slobodna Evropa. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 

External links

  • The Website of Sulejman Tihić
  • Town Hall Meeting with Sulejman Tihić, U.S. Institute of Peace, May 2006 (Audio)
  • Bosnian president 'threatened' by US-based Serbs,, 14 August 2006
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