Chancellor of the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
During the Bosnian War, he was part of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was a member of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA; 1994-99). During the war, the Bosnian government and SDA was divided into two groups, one that looked to the West, and the other, called the Sandžak faction, hardliners that wished to take on all. Another division was between the secularists and conservatists. Ganić was part of the Sandžak faction and conservatists.
During early talks of the partition of Bosnia and Herzegovina, he remarked that the Bosniaks “are Islamized Serbs”, and should thus join the Serb side, at a time when the SDA shifted in favour of siding with the Serbs and continuing struggling against the Croats.
He was President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2000 to 2001. He also served as the vice president.