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Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1925-2003)wd:Q183848
country of citizenship: Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
language of expression: Bosnian
educated at: Faculty of Law (University of Sarajevo), University of Sarajevo
occupation: lawyer, philosopher, politician, writer, political commissar
award received: King Faisal International Prize in Service to Islam, Grand Order of Queen Jelena, Order of State of Republic of Turkey
position held: Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Alija Izetbegović (Bosnian pronunciation: [ǎlija ǐzedbeɡoʋitɕ]; 8 August 1925 – 19 October 2003) was a Bosnian politician, lawyer, Islamic philosopher and author, who in 1992 became the first president of the Presidency of the newly independent Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served in this role until 1996, when he became a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, serving until 2000.
He was the founder and first president of the Party of Democratic Action. Izetbegović was also the author of several books, most notably Islam Between East and West and the Islamic Declaration.
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