New PM plagiarizes paper for his first speech

In the introduction to his inaugural address to the cantonal assembly, the new prime minister of Sarajevo Canton copied a 2005 academic paper word for word.

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Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Why this story matters:

As if stealing someone else's words for your first speech as cantonal prime minister wasn't bad enough, Adem Zolj made matters worse by saying he trusted students from public universities more than those from private schools.

Ironically, the words he "borrowed" for his plagiarized speech belonged to a professor from a private university.

Sabina Ćudić, an MP from the opposition party "Naša Stranka," discovered that the entire introduction of the speech was copied, word for word, from a paper titled "Teams and team work." 

Zolj is yet to admit his mistake and apologize for the plagiarism.


Details from the story:

  • After a long period of clashes within the SDA, Elmedin Konaković, the previous prime minister of Sarajevo Canton, left the majority party in February.
  • SDA proposed Adem Zolj, who had been considered for PM in 2015, as Konaković's replacement.
  • Before becoming cantonal PM, Zolj held managing positions in the cantonal and was a manager with FBiH Highways, a public company in charge of road building.
  • Before addressing the cantonal assembly for the first time, Zolj gave representatives a document containing his plan for the short term he is about to serve.
  • Both his inaugural speech and his term plan were plagiarized from an academic paper written by Mile Vasić, Bosnia's ambassador to Romania and a professor at Slobomir, a private university from Bijeljina.
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