Today 14 years after his death, the former President of Kosovo, Ibrahim Rugova, is commemorated who was elected on December 23, 1989, after leading the Democratic League of Kosovo, the first political party in Kosovo that directly challenged the communist regime. of the former Yugoslavia.
Ibrahim Rugova was born on December 2, 1944 in Cerrce, Istog. The Yugoslav Communists killed his father, Ukë Rugova, and his ninth Rrustë Rugova, although recognized as fighters against Serbian chetniks, who entered Kosovo during the Second World War and perpetrated many crimes against the population.
Recall that on the first anniversary of Rugova's death, the former President of Kosovo Fatmir Sejdiu awarded him the title "Kosovo hero”, The highest of the Republic's titles, awarded to Albanian and Kosovar historical figures.
Today, the incumbent Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj paid tribute to his tomb in Velani, recalling the great work done by Rugova and underlining the commitments for the future: "Great challenges await Kosovo, but President Rugova's work and dedication are always alive."
The Albanian Ambassador to Kosovo, Qemal Minxhozi, also paid tribute to Rugova by emphasizing the contribution of the former President for Kosovo's freedom. On the fourteenth anniversary of his death, Ibrahim Rugova was also remembered by other leaders both in Kosovo and Albania. His party, LDK, organized a commemorative event in the center of Prishtina.