The Alternative (Kosovo)


The Alternative (Albanian: Alternativa) is a liberal[1] political party in Kosovo.

The Alternative
Alternativa
PresidentMimoza Kusari-Lila
Deputy presidentIlir Deda
FoundersMimoza Kusari-Lila
Ilir Deda
FoundedFebruary 8, 2017 (2017-02-08)
RegisteredJuly 24, 2017
Split fromNew Kosovo Alliance
Vetëvendosje
HeadquartersPristina, Kosovo
IdeologyLiberalism[1]
Political positionCentre
ColoursDark blue, Gold
Assembly
1 / 120
Mayors
0 / 38
Municipal councils
8 / 994

History


Ilir Deda was elected MP for Vetëvendosje in the parliamentary election of 2014. However, during the anti-governmental protests in Kosovo in 2015–16, Deda became a loud critic of his party's support for the acts of violence towards government officials and therefore left the party on 2 April 2016.[2] Similarly, Mimoza Kusari-Lila, former Minister of Trade and Industry and Deputy Prime Minister for the New Kosovo Alliance and current Mayor of Gjakova left her party in May 2016 due to the conflicts within the party and ideological differences and decided to join Deda's "new initiative".[3]

Officially launched on 8 February 2017 by MP Ilir Deda and Mayor of Gjakova Mimoza Kusari-Lila in Mitrovica,[4] and on 13 May 2017, General Council of Alternativa decided that Mimoza Kusari-Lila would be president of the party and Ilir Deda would be deputy president of the party.[5]

Presidents (2017–present)


# President Born–Died Term start Term end
1 Vacant8 February 201713 May 2017
2 Mimoza Kusari-Lila1975–13 May 2017Incumbent

Ideology


In an interview, Kusari-Lila mentioned that human rights are the main importance and priority of the party, thus individual rights.[6]

Election results


Year Votes % Seats Government
2017 Part of the LAA Coalition 2[citation needed] Opposition
2019 Part of Vetëvendosje 1[citation needed] Opposition
2021 Part of Vetëvendosje 1[citation needed] Coalition

References


  1. Nordsieck, Wolfram (2019). "Kosovo". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 30 December 2020.
  2. "Ilir Deda largohet nga Lëvizja Vetëvendosje" (in Albanian). Gazeta Express. 25 April 2016.
  3. "Mimoza Kusari Lila largohet nga AKR, ja ku do të shkojë". Albeu.com (in Albanian). 3 May 2016.
  4. "Alternativa" nis rrugëtimin nga Mitrovica (Video)" (in Albanian). Kosova Press. 8 February 2017.
  5. "Mimoza Kusari kryetare e Alternativës" (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 13 May 2017.
  6. "Emisioni "Komiteti Qendror" - Mysafir: Mimoza Kusari dhe Ilir Deda" (in Albanian). Gazeta Express. 9 February 2017.