The assignment came after the early elections of 6 October 2019 in Kosovo, a few months after the resignation of former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj.
The latter had resigned to appear before the Hague Tribunal where he will testify about his role during the Kosovo war.
A revolutionary activist always fighting for the rights of Kosovo Albanians
Albin Kurti's name became known in 1997, when he was elected student leader of the University of Prishtina. Kurti led the student demonstrations calling for more rights for Kosovo Albanians. He was arrested by Serbian police on April 27, 1999, one month after the start of NATO bombing of Serbian military posts. At that time, Kurti was working as secretary of the political representative of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UҪK), Adem Demaci. After nearly 1.000 days in prison, Kurti was released in 2001, two years after the war ended.
In 2003, Kurti graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Prishtina. Considered one of the most active representatives of the generation of young revolutionaries, in 2005 he founded the Self-determination Movement (VETEVENDOSJA)
Kurti was arrested several times even after the war ended, for opposing the United Nations Mission (UNMIK). After Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008, it also opposes EULEX.
Joined parliament for the first time in 2010 he continued with protests inside and outside the Kosovo Parliament. In these years Kurti has become famous as a parliamentarian who was the first in the history of the republic to use tear gas inside the parliament hall, thus inventing a new type of protest, which has continued in the last two years in Kosovo. The Self-Determination Movement founded by Kurti also experienced a split in 2017, when 12 escaped MPs formed a new party.
Kurti, new prime minister of Kosovo
On October 6, 2019, after the election results, Albin Kurti's party obtained a relative majority, and by law was instructed to form the new government. The main competitor of Kurti's party during the election campaign was the Democratic League of Kosovo, with which, after the elections and long negotiations, they reached an agreement for the new government. Confidence comes four months after the early elections, with long and exhausting negotiations.
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