Slobodan Uzelac

Prof. dr. sc.
Slobodan Uzelac
Deputy Prime Minister for Regional Development, Reconstruction and Return
In office
12 January 2008  23 December 2011
Prime Minister Ivo Sanader
Jadranka Kosor
Preceded by Damir Polančec
Succeeded by Branko Grčić
Personal details
Born August 9, 1947
Kakma, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Citizenship Croatian (ethnicity:Serb)
Political party Independent Democratic Serb Party
Alma mater Ph.D. of University of Belgrade
Profession Defectologist
Religion Serbian Orthodox

Slobodan Uzelac, Ph.D., (Serbian: Слободан Узелац, born in Kakma on August 9, 1947[1]) who served as Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia for Regional Development, Reconstruction and Return in the Second cabinet of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader and his successor in that position Jadranka Kosor. He is the first member of the Serb minority in Croatia to hold a cabinet position since the first Croatian multi-party elections were held in 1990.

He offered his resignation in March 2008, after the Croatian Government recognized Kosovo's declaration of independence[2] However, Prime Minister Ivo Sanader did not accept his resignation, and the Independent Democratic Serb Party subsequently decided against withdrawing its member from the government.[3]

Slobodan Uzelac received his Ph.D. in medicine from the University of Belgrade (Belgrade Medical School) in 1981.[4] He was a guest lecturer at the Penn State University in 2001.

Uzelac is the president of Serbian Cultural Society Prosvjeta.

In addition to Serbian, Uzelac also speaks English and Russian.[5] He is a member of the Advisory Board of the democratic left magazine Novi Plamen.[6]


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