IBNA Special Report
Pristina, March 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
On Sunday, Visar Ymeri was officially elected chairman of Self Determination, in a meeting of the General Committee of the party, where the founder of this political movement handed over his duty to the new chairman.
During the race which saw now other candidates, Visar Ymeri was voted by 96,42% of the members of Self Determination.
On his first address as chairman of the party, Visar Ymeri said that he will work very hard for Self Determination.
Ymeri considered Self Determination as the most democratic in Kosovo, because, like he said, it insists on the equality between activists. He criticized the government of the country by accusing it of insulting citizens.
“We will not remain without doing anything, because we’re unhappy. Our discontent will be growing”, said Ymeri, implying that besides the work in institutions, protests on the street will again be part of the activity of this movement.
Meanwhile, former chairman Albin Kurti has congratulated Ymeri on the new post and said that he was honored, happy and privileged for working with activists of this movement.
“I thank you with all my heart, I bow with humility about the respect that you have shown for me as chairman”, Kurti said.
“The others, use their parties as a bureau for jobs in institutions. Our movement is a movement of the will, therefore, our organization is an organization of voluntaries. We were set in motion by the idea of self determination and we want this idea to serve to the people who want self determination”, Kurti said.
The new leader of Self Determination under the shadow of Albin Kurti
Experts of political developments in Kosovo are skeptic about any changes in the spirit of this movement.
Analyst Vilhard Shala told IBNA that the new leader will be under the shadow of the former leader, Albin Kurti.
“Self Determination has been founded by Albin Kurti. Whoever takes the reign of the party will work with the concepts and principles created by the first leader. Therefore, there can be no substantial differences in this aspect”, Shala says.
However, he admits that the new leader is a politician of the young generation, who is known for his professional discourse and clear articulation of his stances.
Shala says that the new leader must work in order to improve the relations of Self Determination with the international community.
Meanwhile, political analyst, Muharrem Nitaj says that he’s surprised by the fact that the race for the chairman had no other contestants.
“I cannot understand a race with only one candidate. This is a discovery of Self Determination and I hope that they know what they’re doing. Perhaps, the only explanation for this is that Self Determination is somehow sincere in not running candidates for show, like other parties do”, says analyst Nitaj.
According to him, the election of Visar Ymeri as head of the party doesn’t mean that there will be changes. “Not because Visar Ymeri cannot do this, but Albin Kurti continues to be as strong within Self Determination”, says Nitaj.
Who is Visar Ymeri?
He was born in 1973 and studied Media, Philosophy, Literature and Politics at “City and Islington College” in London, to them study sociology at the University of Pristina.
Ymeri has been an activist of Self Determination since 2005. Before getting into politics, he worked for the Kosovo Pension Fund until 2008.
His political career started to take shape after the 2010 parliamentary elections, in which Self Determination participated for the first time. /ibna/