HR Schmidt extends Condolences to Family of a former Member of BiH Presidency

High Representative Christian Schmidt extended his sincere condolences today to the family, friends and colleagues of Živko Radišić, former member of the BiH Presidency, who passed away in Banja Luka on Sunday, 05 September.

Mr. Radišić is also remembered for supervising reconstruction efforts in Banja Luka following the devastating earthquake in 1969, and for his term later as mayor of the city (1977 – 1982).

Zivko Radisic was a Bosnian Serb politician who served as the 2nd Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Born in Prijedor, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 15 August 1937, Radišić graduated in 1964 from the University of SarajevoFaculty of Political Science.

During the 1969 Banja Luka earthquake, he was a high ranking Banja Luka city government official, and thus, was directly in charge of repairing the consequences from the earthquake. Later on, from 1977 until 1982, Radišić served as the mayor of Banja Luka. From 1982 to 1985, he headed the defence ministry of SR Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1996, he became a founding member of the Socialist Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Radišić was elected Serb member of the Bosnian Presidency at the 1998 general election, defeating the incumbent Momčilo Krajišnik by 45,000 votes. He chaired the Presidency from 1998 until 1999 and again from 2000 until 2001. Radišić decided not to run for a second term in the Presidency at the 2002 general election. His term ended on 28 October 2002, and was succeeded as the Serb member by Mirko Šarović.

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