Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci: From guerrilla leader to president

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35984823

The last time Kosovo held a presidential inauguration, in 2011, many of its people found themselves scrambling for information about their new head of state.

A high-ranking but low-profile police official, Afitete Jahjaga was picked when a political crisis led to the need for a non-party, consensus candidate.

In contrast, the new president, Hashim Thaci, needs no introduction in Kosovo on the day of his inauguration. He has been one of the key figures in its recent history.

In the 1990s, he was a leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which fought a guerrilla war against Serbia from 1998-99.

Hashim Thaci told the BBC he welcomed the establishment of a tribunal in The Hague to investigate allegations against the KLA – and personally led the process to establish a special court.

“We have nothing to hide. It’s an opportunity to deal with the past and move forward, and also a chance to explain that the war was a just struggle.”

Ahead of his inauguration, Mr Thaci told the BBC that he was committed to tackling Kosovo’s biggest problems.

“My focus will be on the rule of law, fighting organised crime and corruption.” To that he added improving regional co-operation and “moving Kosovo towards EU and Nato membership”.

But Mr Thaci’s history counts against him, as far as his critics are concerned. And those dissenting voices have been particularly prominent in recent months – with opposition politicians repeatedly releasing teargas in parliament in protest at an agreement the new president negotiated with Serbia. That deal would allow majority ethnic-Serb areas of Kosovo a degree of autonomy.

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“In the 1990s, he was a leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which fought a guerrilla war against Serbia from 1998-99.”

interesting..i thought this only happened in asia..

“My focus will be on the rule of law, fighting organised crime and corruption.” To that he added improving regional co-operation and “moving Kosovo towards EU and Nato membership”.

ahh..now we know why..

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~ by seeker401 on April 13, 2016.

3 Responses to “Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci: From guerrilla leader to president”

  1. surprise, surprise😉 :

    http://www.projectcensored.org/kosovo-drug-for-europe/

    https://www.wikispooks.com/wiki/Document:Kosovo_Mafia

    https://wikileaks.org/wiki/The_End_of_the_Affair%3F_The_BND,_CIA_and_Kosovo%27s_Deep_State

    The CIA: Drugs & Thugs International:

    “The BND’s Department Five, responsible for organized crime wrote a confidential report linking Thaci as “a key figure in a Kosovar-Albanian mafia network.””

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