Kadri Veseli

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Kadri Veseli
Kadri Veseli
Veseli in May 2017
Leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo
Assumed office
9 March 2016
Preceded byHashim Thaçi
Chairman of the Assembly
In office
8 December 2014 – 22 August 2019
Preceded byJakup Krasniqi
Personal details
Born (1967-05-31) 31 May 1967 (age 52)
Mitrovica, Mitrovica,
(now Kosovo)
NationalityKosovar
Political partyDemocratic Party of Kosovo
Spouse(s)Violeta Veseli
Children4
OccupationPolitician, jurist
Known forFounder and Leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army and Chairman of the Assembly of Kosovo and leader of Democratic Party of Kosovo

Kadri Veseli (born 31 May 1966) is a Kosovar politician and the incumbent Chairman of the Assembly. He is the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, the largest party of the Government of Kosovo. Veseli was one of the founders and leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army. He also was the chief of the Kosovo Intelligence Service, a post-war state intelligence organisation.[1]

Veseli began his higher education studies in 1990 at the University of Prishtina Faculty of Agriculture and the Higher Pedagogical School in Albanian Language and Literature Department. Due to political circumstances, he was forced to complete the remainder of his studies in Albania. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Kamëz, Albania, an MBA in General Management from the Sheffield University – International Faculty in Thessaloniki, Greece, and currently is preparing the PhD Thesis in the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Veseli speaks English, German, and Serbian languages. With his wife, Violeta, he is the parents to four children.[2][3]

In May 2016, Veseli became President of PDK by acclamation. He was elected with no votes against and no abstentions.[4]

Career[edit]

Veseli was one of the young leaders of the Kosovar students’ movement during the years 1988 – 1990, which engaged in the fight for human and political rights of Kosovo Albanians, including the right for independence.[5]

During the Kosovo War he was appointed commander of the Counter Intelligence Service (G-2) of the KLA, until the end of the war when it transformed into Kosovo Intelligence Service or SHIK, a post-war intelligence organisation until 2008 when it announced its disbandment. At the end of 2012, Kadri Veseli formally joined the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), whereas in January 27, 2013 he became deputy head of the party.[6] Veseli was voted Chairman of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo on 8 December 2014. He is slated to become head of the party after the resignation of Hashim Thaçi who vacated the post due to constitutional obligations in order to take the post of the President of the Republic of Kosovo.

Following the 2017 Kosovan parliamentary election, Veseli was re-elected as Chairman of the Assembly on 7 September 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artan Mustafa and Parim Olluri (20 June 2012). "Fakte në Lidhje me Kadri Veselin dhe SHIK-un". Kallxo. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  2. ^ "President of the Assembly". Assembly of Kosovo. Assembly of Kosovo. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Ja kush është Kadri Veseli, kryetari i Kuvendit të Kosovës". telegrafi.com. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  4. ^ Matoshi, Albatrit (7 May 2016). "Kadri Velseli kryetar i ri i PDK-së". Zëri. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. ^ "President of the Assembly". Assembly of Kosovo. Assembly of Kosovo. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Ja kush është Kadri Veseli, kryetari i Kuvendit të Kosovës". telegrafi.com. Retrieved 2 March 2016.