The Alternative (Kosovo)

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The Alternative

PresidentMimoza Kusari-Lila
Deputy presidentIlir Deda
FoundersMimoza Kusari-Lila
Ilir Deda
FoundedFebruary 8, 2017 (2017-02-08)
Split fromNew Kosovo Alliance
HeadquartersPristina, Kosovo
Liberal democracy[2]
Political positionCentre
ColoursDark blue, Gold
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The Alternative (Albanian: Alternativa) is a liberal[1] political party in Kosovo.


Ilir Deda was elected MP for Vetëvendosje in the parliamentary election of 2014. However, during the anti-governmental protests in Kosovo in 2015–16, Deda became a loud critic of his party's support for the acts of violence towards government officials and therefore left the party on 2 April 2016.[3] Similarly, Mimoza Kusari-Lila, former Minister of Trade and Industry and Deputy Prime Minister for the New Kosovo Alliance and current Mayor of Gjakova left her party in May 2016 due to the conflicts within the party and ideological differences and decided to join Deda's "new initiative".[4]

Officially launched on 8 February 2017 by MP Ilir Deda and Mayor of Gjakova Mimoza Kusari-Lila in Mitrovica[5] and on 13 May 2017. General Council of Alternativa decided that Mimoza Kusari-Lila to be president of the party and Ilir Deda to be deputy president of the party.[6]

Presidents (2017–present)[edit]

# President Born–Died Term start Term end
1 none 8 February 2017 13 May 2017
2 Mimoza Kusari-Lila Mimoza Kusari Lila (cropped).jpg 1975– 13 May 2017 Incumbent


In an interview, Kusari-Lila mentioned that human rights are the main importance and priority of the party, thus individual rights.[7]

Election results[edit]

Year Votes %Votes Seats Government
2017 - - 2 Opposition


  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2017). "Kosovo". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ "The Alternative-liberal democracy". The Alternative (Kosovo). 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Ilir Deda largohet nga Lëvizja Vetëvendosje" (in Albanian). Gazeta Express. 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Mimoza Kusari Lila largohet nga AKR, ja ku do të shkojë". (in Albanian). 3 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Alternativa" nis rrugëtimin nga Mitrovica (Video)" (in Albanian). Kosova Press. 8 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Mimoza Kusari kryetare e Alternativës" (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 13 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Emisioni "Komiteti Qendror" - Mysafir: Mimoza Kusari dhe Ilir Deda" (in Albanian). Gazeta Express. 9 February 2017.

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