Gojko Šušak, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Gojko Šušak

Croatian politician

Date of Birth: 16-Mar-1945

Place of Birth: Široki Brijeg, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Date of Death: 03-May-1998

Profession: politician

Nationality: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Gojko Šušak

  • Gojko Šušak (Croatian pronunciation: [g??jko ?û?ak]; 16 March 1945 – 3 May 1998) was a Croatian politician who held the post of Minister of Defence from 1991 to 1998 under President Franjo Tudman.
  • From 1990 to 1991 he was the Minister of Emigration and in 1991 the Deputy Minister of Defence. Born in Široki Brijeg, he attended the University of Rijeka in 1963.
  • In 1969 Šušak emigrated to Canada where he worked in the restaurant and construction business and rose to prominence within the Croatian diaspora in North America in the following decades.
  • In the late 1980s he became a close friend and associate to Franjo Tudman, leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party seeking Croatia's independence from Yugoslavia. In 1990, he returned to Croatia.
  • After Tudman became president following the 1990 parliamentary election, Šušak was named Minister of Emigration and helped gather economic aid from Croatian emigrants.
  • From early 1991 he was the Deputy Minister of Defence.
  • In September 1991 he was appointed Minister of Defence, an office he held throughout the Croatian War of Independence.
  • As minister, Šušak reorganized and modernized the Croatian Army, leading it to a status of a regional power.
  • He contributed to the planning of key military operations, particularly Operation Storm in 1995 that effectively ended the war in Croatia.
  • He supported the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia during the 1992–94 Croat–Bosniak War and later helped broker the 1995 Dayton Agreement.
  • During his term in office he forged close contacts with the United States Department of Defense.
  • Šušak's tenure as Defence Minister is the longest in Croatian history and lasted until his death in 1998.

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