Sunday, January 21, 2007

Elections & Rugova

Today is election day in Serbia.  A chance for Serbs to turn away from the past according to Kosovo Albanian PM Agim Ceku or to show that they do not share the retrograde vision of extremists according to Michael Polt, the US ambassador to Belgrade .  Counts after the polls closed showed that the ultranationalist party of former President Slobodan Milosevic was winning as predicted, gathering somewhere around 28% of the votes with current President Boris Tadic's party winning around 22%, nearly double what was predicted. 
Today also marks the one year anniversary of the death of Ibrahim Rugova, former President of Kosovo and
peaceful activist for Albanians in Kosovo.  A crowd gathered in Pristina to commemorate his death and remember the man that was nicknamed "Gandhi of the Balkans".