Kosovo: Haradinaj-Stublla resigns as Foreign Minister and AAK member

Kosovo: Haradinaj-Stublla resigns as Foreign Minister and AAK member

Kosovo’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, AAK member Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla, announced her resignation on her Facebook page.

Haradinaj-Stublla resigned from her post as Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Minister and from all the functions of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), in the aftermath of the scandal over stolen votes in the February 14th elections.

“Despite the fact that under circumstances that remain unclear it happened in the middle of a pyramid scheme of defamation, lynching, pressure, manipulation and blackmail against me and my family, I consider it a moral obligation and the fairest the immediate resignation from the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, as well as from all the functions of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo party and membership,” Haradinaj-Stublla wrote on Facebook.

“I make this decision only because of the moral frailty that has been caused to me and my image that has been damaged by people with dirty intentions, and not because I feel responsible for the manipulations and accusations that have been ruthlessly hurled at me and my family. The violation of my honor and work by the defamatory concoctions of others is the cause and the result of this decision,” the former Kosovo Foreign Minister continued.

Haradinaj-Stublla added that “it is no secret that the Alliance was not the favorite to win the elections, and this was causing concern to some for whom political survival is an end in itself! They are committed to winning the election battle at all costs, without choosing any tools or path. At all costs, unscrupulous and unknown people have joined the party structures to build their profile and their alliances to maintain internal control and blackmail.

“My departure from a party in which I believed and contributed a lot, for over 15 years, I never believed it would come. But now that it has come, I am at peace because I am moving away from the toxic presence of some people who make the AAK a non-reformist party and President Haradinaj isolated,” Haradinaj-Stublla said.

On Monday, the Election Complaints and Appeals Panel decided to reconsider all ballots for AAK candidates, following public accusations by candidate Florentina Gjergjaj that Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla had stolen votes.

In her post, Haradinaj-Stublla went on to say that  “I want the Prosecutor’s Office to shed light, first of all, on the authenticity of the dubbed video in the pseudo-ports as soon as possible and to prove the truth of all the allegations involving my family and me.”

“This is vital as the authenticity of this video is still dubious; the time this conversation took place, the identity of the people involved in it and the extent of the damage they caused. In fact, we are already looking for international experts to give their professional opinion on its authenticity!” she added.

“The re-counting of some ballots is a step forward, but not a crucial one in discovering the full truth, since the origin of the problem lies precisely in the allegations made in this montaged video, which I am convinced the clarification of the facts will cancell, as well as the plans of the criminal pyramid scheme orchestrated by parapoliticians and activated as many times as necessary. For these reasons, with suspicions based on the existence of violations of other ballots, I ask for a total recount and I will present the facts to the competent bodies,” she wrote, warning that she will continue to respond with “lawsuits for defamation, insult and blackmail.”

Haradinaj-Stublla received 4,424 votes in the February 14th elections and became the last MP on the AAK list of eight MPs.

She was appointed Foreign Minister by the Hoti Government in June. During her tenure she was accused of promoting people who were close to power. Reactions culminated in the appointment of MP Haxhi Shala’s son as consul in Prague./ibna