Bajram Rexhepi

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Bajram Rexhepi
Bajram Rexhepi.jpg
Minister of the Interior for Kosovo
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 February 2011
Preceded by Zenun Pajaziti
Prime Minister of Kosovo
In office
4 March 2002 – 3 December 2004
Preceded by Bujar Bukoshi
Succeeded by Ramush Haradinaj
Personal details
Born (1954-06-03) 3 June 1954 (age 60)
Kosovska Mitrovica, Yugoslavia (in today's Kosovo)
Political party PDK

Bajram Rexhepi (Serbo-Croatian: Бајрам Реџепи, Bajram Redžepi) (born 3 June 1954) is the Interior Minister of the Republic of Kosovo and a member of the Kosovo Assembly. He was also the first elected post-war Prime Minister of Kosovo. He is a member of the second largest political party in Kosovo, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Rexhepi was born in Kosovska Mitrovica, Yugoslavia - in what is now Kosovo on 3 June 1954. He graduated from the University of Pristina and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Zagreb in 1985.

Career[edit]

Rexhepi spent most of his career working as a surgeon and achieved fame as the best surgeon for circumcisions in the Mitrovica region. During the 1999 Kosovo War, Rexhepi joined the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and spent three months serving as a field doctor. He served as mayor of the Albanian section of Mitrovica, working with United Nations and NATO peacekeepers to implement ideas to diminish the civil unrest.[2] As Serbs and Albanians had broken off all dialogue, Rexhepi offered to give up his position in favour of a UN administrator, but Serbs rejected this proposal.

In the general elections of November 2001 in Kosovo, Rexhepi's party won 25.7 percent of the votes, second only to Ibrahim Rugova's Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), and Rexhepi was appointed prime minister by the Assembly of Kosovo on 4 March 2002. In the following general elections, held on 24 October 2004, the Democratic Party of Kosovo came second and won 30 seats in the parliament. On 22 February 2011, Rexhepi was made Interior Minister of the Republic of Kosovo.[3]

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Preceded by
Bujar Bukoshi
Prime Minister of Kosovo
2002 - 2004
Succeeded by
Ramush Haradinaj