November 19, 2001 |
Moderate ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova on Sunday claimed victory for his party in Kosovo's first free and democratic parliamentary elections, and then issued a call for quick independence. "Today or tomorrow, we're ready," he said. Rugova added that he believes the U.N.-administered province, which remains a part of Serbia, the dominant republic of Yugoslavia, will achieve recognition as an independent state during the new Kosovo Assembly's three-year term.
March 5, 2002 |
Moderate ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova was elected president of Kosovo on Monday in a key step toward building the political structures of democratic self-rule--and perhaps toward ethnic reconciliation. A new parliament in the southern Serbian province also elected Bajram Rexhepi as prime minister. Rexhepi, 47, is a surgeon who broke with Rugova's party four years ago, then worked as a field doctor for the Kosovo Liberation Army.