Serbia’s town proposes naming a street in honour of Kosovo late president Ibrahim Rugova


Gazeta Express
24 Prill 2019 17:35

Novi Pazar town, in south-western Serbia, has proposed renaming some of the streets and boulevards. Names of Kosovo Albanian patriots, including late president Ibrahim Rugova, are some of the proposals for renaming town’s streets.

The initiative was taken by the National Council of Bosnians, however it has yet to be approved by the Novi Pazar municipal council. In addition to names of political and historic figures of Albanians, Bosnians who are majority in this town have proposed also names of their heroes, such as the name of Acif Hadjiametovic, known as Acif Efendi, mayor of Novi Pazar during the World War II. Also they have proposed that one of the streets be renamed after Kosovo Albanian nationalist who fought communists during the World War II, Shaban Polluzha, whereas a city’s boulevard is expected to be named after Ibrahim Rugova who led the pecaful resistance against Serbia during 90s at the time of Slobodan Milosevic and was the first president of Kosovo elected after the Kosovo war. Also among the proposals is naming a street after Kosovo well-known figure, Adem Demaci, who spent 28 years in prison for defending Albanians interests in ex-Yugoslavia. In its justification for renaming streets of the Sandjak region, it is stated that current names do not reflect the identity of Novi Pazar. Municipal councillors of Novi Pazar left the regular session, after their proposal was removed from the agenda at the decision of Serbian Progressive Party headed by Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic. /GazetaExpress/

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