Veton Surroi

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Veton Surroi
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Veton Surroi in 2015.
Born (1961-07-17) 17 July 1961 (age 58)
SFR Yugoslavia (present day Kosovo[1])
Nationality Albanian

Veton Surroi (born 17 July 1961) is a Kosovo Albanian publicist, politician and former journalist. Surroi is the founder and former leader of the ORA political party,[2] and was a member of Kosovo assembly from 2004 to 2008. Veton Surroi in 1997 established one of the biggest Kosovo Albanian daily newspapers Koha Ditore and was the editor-in-chief for a number of years before deciding to enter politics in Kosovo. Surroi's father, Rexhai Surroi, was one of the very few Albanians to become ambassadors of the former Yugoslavia. His father was the Yugoslav ambassador to Spain and a number of Latin American countries. As a result, Surroi spent a part of his life in the Spanish speaking world where he was also educated.

Veton Surroi studied Modern English Language and Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM),[3] which will not confirm whether he took a degree. Surroi speaks several languages, including: Albanian, English, Serbian and Spanish.

Surroi won the 2011 SEEMO Human Rights Award.[4]


  1. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 12 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.
  2. ^ "Kosovo : le journaliste Veton Surroi fait une entrée tonitruante en politique", Le Courrier des Balkans, 22 October 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2013
  3. ^ "TESIUNAM - Búsqueda básica".
  4. ^ "Veton Surroi Wins 2011 SEEMO Human Rights Award",, 23 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2013

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