Ibrahim Rugova, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ibrahim Rugova

President of Kosovo

Date of Birth: 02-Dec-1944

Place of Birth: Crnce, Kosovo

Date of Death: 21-Jan-2006

Profession: writer, politician, literary critic

Nationality: Kosovo

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Ibrahim Rugova

  • Ibrahim Rugova (Albanian pronunciation: [ib?ahim ?ugova]; 2 December 1944 – 21 January 2006) was the first President of the partially recognised Republic of Kosova, serving from 1992 to 2000 and again from 2002 until his death in 2006, and a prominent Kosovo Albanian political leader, scholar, and writer.
  • He oversaw a popular struggle for independence, advocating a peaceful resistance to Yugoslav rule and lobbying for U.S.
  • and European support, especially during the Kosovo War.
  • Owing to his role in Kosovo's history, Rugova has been dubbed "Father of the Nation" and "Gandhi of the Balkans".
  • Rugova founded the political party Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) in 1989.
  • The LDK, which had the support of 90% of the ethnic Albanian population of Kosovo, advocated for Kosovo's independence by peaceful means.
  • The party established a shadow government that provided basic government and social services to the Kosovo Albanian population, including education and health care, in effect creating a parallel state.
  • In May 1992, Rugova was elected President of this parallel state.
  • In March 2002, with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo administering the province, he was elected President of Kosovo.
  • He held this position until his death in January 2006, and was posthumously declared a Hero of Kosovo.

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