Bajram Rexhepi

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Bajram Rexhepi
Bajram Rexhepi.jpg
Rexhepi in an interview for Voice of America
Minister of Internal Affairs of Kosovo
In office
1 April 2010 – 12 December 2014
Preceded by Zenun Pajaziti
Succeeded by Skënder Hyseni
1st 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
Mitrovica, SFR Yugoslavia
Died 21 August 2017(2017-08-21) (aged 63)
Istanbul, Turkey
Political party Democratic Party of Kosovo

Bajram Rexhepi (3 June 1954 – 21 August 2017), also known as Bajram Redžepi, was a Kosovar politician who served as the first elected post-war prime minister and later as interior minister of the Republic of Kosovo and as a member of the Kosovo Assembly. He was a member of the second largest political party in Kosovo, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK).[1]

Early life and education

Rexhepi was born in Mitrovica, Province of Kosovo on 3 June 1954. He graduated from the University of Prishtina and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Zagreb in 1985.

Career

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

On 1 April 2010, Rexhepi was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, replacing Zenun Pajaziti. On 22 February 2011 the Assembly confirmed Rexhepi in his post within the new Cabinet led by Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi [3]

Post-politics, illness, and death

Rexhepi left politics in 2014 to resume his career as a surgeon. In April 2017, Rexhepi suffered multiple strokes, which left him in a coma. After several days of treatment in Kosovo, Rexhepi was sent for further treatment in Turkey. On 21 August 2017, Rexhepi died at a hospital in Istanbul at the age of 63.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Bajram Rexhepi - Prime Minister of Kosovo". Setimes.com. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  2. ^ Gall, Carlotta. "Shock of Kosovo Violence May Prove Incentive for Peace". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Composition of new cabinet government of the Republic of Kosovo, led by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci" Archived 25 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Vdes ish-kryeministri i Kosovës, Bajram Rexhepi". Illyria Press (in Albanian). 21 August 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Bujar Bukoshi
Prime Minister of Kosovo
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Ramush Haradinaj
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