Bosnia and Herzegovina

House of Peoples

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Skupstina (Parliamentary Assembly)
Chamber name
Dom Naroda (House of Peoples)
Structure & status of parliament
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
4

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1994
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Twelve Plus Group

Speaker

Official title
Speaker of the House of Peoples
Speaker
Nikola Špirić (Male)
Date of birth: 04 Sep 1956
Term
16 Feb 2023
Additional information

The Collegium of the House of Peoples, elected on 16 February 2023, consists of the Speaker (Mr. Nikola Špirić), the First Deputy Speaker (Mr. Kemal Ademović) and the Second Deputy Speaker (Mr. Dragan Čović).
During the legislature, the presidency rotates every eight months among the country's three main ethnic groups as follow.
- Mr. Nikola Špirić (Serb): From 16 February 2023 to 15 October 2023; and from 16 February 2025 to 15 October 2025.
- Mr. Mr. Kemal Ademović (Bosniac): From 16 October 2023 to 15 June 2024; and from 16 October 2025 to 15 June 2026.
- Mr. Dragan Čović (Croat): From 16 June 2024 to 15 February 2025; and from 16 June 2026 until the election of his successor by the newly elected legislature.

Official title
Speaker of the House of Peoples
Speaker
Kemal Ademović (Male)
Term
16 Feb 2023
Official title
Speaker of the House of Peoples
Speaker
Dragan Čović (Male)
Date of birth: 20 Aug 1956
Term
16 Feb 2023

Speaker terms

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Secretary general

Official title
Secretary of the House of Peoples
Secretary General
Gordana Živković (Female)
Term
12 Mar 2019
Notes

Appointed on 12 March 2019.

Members

Statutory number of members
15

Notes: Ten from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and five from the Republika Srpska.

Principal mode of designation of members
Appointed
Appointed members
15
Current number of members
15
Men
13
Women
2
Percentage of women
13.3%
Statutory number of members per country 
57
Population (in thousands)
3,271
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
57,386

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
56.5
(2023-02)
Youngest member
Želimir Nešković (Male)
Youngest member (years)
39
Oldest member
Sredoje Nović (Male)
Oldest member (years)
76
Number of members, by age (2023-02)
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male 0 0 2 0 2 2 5 1 0 0 12
Female 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Totals per age interval 0 0 2 0 3 3 5 1 0 0 14
Total <= 45: 2 Total >= 46: 12
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
14.3% 14% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
14.3% 14% 0.0%
Members for whom age data is not available
1
(2023-02)

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
Yes
Other groups
-

Notes: The ten delegates from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (five Croats and five Muslims) are designated by the delegates of the same communities to the local House of Peoples of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Delegates from the Republika Srpska are designated by the National Assembly of that same Republic.

Electoral quota for women
No
Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No