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Kosovo PM Haradinaj welcomes in his office controversial Serb politician, Milan Radojicic

Kosovo PM Haradinaj welcomes in his office controversial Serb politician, Milan Radojicic GazetaExpress

Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, received on Thursday in his office Srpska List head Goran Rakic and his deputy Milan Radoicic. This is the first time that Radojicic, a controversial figure and considered as “the boss of the underground in the northern Kosovo,” came officially to Kosovo Prime Minister’s office.

Haradinaj received in his office the Srpska List head, Goran Rakic, and Milan Radojicic, who recently has been elected as Srpska List deputy chairman, Gazeta Express reports. Radojicic is a controversial figure who before joined this political entity representing Kosovo Serbs, was considered as “the boss of underground in the north of Kosovo,” and “the man who pulls the strings” in the northern part of Kosovo inhabited mainly by Serbs. In a press release posted in Government’s website, Radojicic is seen sitting opposite Haradinaj, leaving his chairman Rakic in the shadow. According to Haradinaj’s press service he discussed with Srpska List leaders on overall situation in the country, focusing on the security and economic development aspects.

Radojicic, who has been in the spotlight in recent months, after the killing of Kosovo Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic in Mitrovica North in January 2018, has close links with political elites in both Kosovo and Serbia, including Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. The Kosovo Prime Minister has stated earlier that he met Radojicic informally in a bid to get the support of Kosovo Serb politicians to join his Government. Murdered Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic in one of his last interviews given to BIRN named Milan Radojicic – a debt collector and truck owner close to Serbia’s ruling party - as a key figure in the intimidating system of power in northern Kosovo. Ivanovic has also complained during the local election campaign last October that he received threats from Srpska List representatives who are under control of Belgrade and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. In his interview Ivanovic maintained that power in northern Kosovo did not lie with elected institutions but with “informal centres of power” – and named Radoicic in connection with this informal system of power. “The centre of power is not within the municipality building – because the municipality building belongs to this other, informal centre of power,” Ivanovic said. Media reported that Haradinaj at the time he was running for Prime Minister met with Radojicic and asked his support to convince Srpska List to join his Government. Eventually Srpska joined Haradinaj’s Government but they have ‘frozen’ their posts in Government after the Kosovo Police in March this year arrested and deported the Head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo, Marko Djuric, for illegally entering the country.   

    Date: 12 July 2018 18:10
    Author: GazetaExpress