Kosovo commemorates 16th anniversary of Ibrahim Rugova’s death

Kosovo is commemorating today`s first post-war president and founder of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Ibrahim Rugova, who died on 21 January 2006.

President Vjosa Osmani commemorating Rugova said that he is the founding father who paved the way for establishing the state of Kosovo.
 
“16 years ago, Kosovo lost more than an incredible statesman. We lost the architect of our statehood, who brought the people of Kosovo together & led us to the irreversible path of freedom and independence. May we always honor President Rugova by fulfilling his vision,” Osmani wrote on Twitter.
 
Kosovo state officials and political leaders are paying tribute to Rugova who as leader of the LDK led Kosovo’s peaceful resistance in the 1990s, facing the regime of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic who abolished Kosovo’s autonomy and imposed a police regime in Kosovo. 
 
After the war, Rugova was elected the first president of Kosovo in 2022 and re-elected in 2005. Rugova lost his battle with lung cancer in January 2006 when he was serving his second term as president.