Ahead of the seventh extraordinary parliamentary elections in Kosovo scheduled for October 6, the Kosovo Serb political scene is divided over whether to participate in these elections, or not, while those willing to take a chance are confronted by the in so far major Kosovo Serb force – Srpska Lista. Such a political landscape seems rather confusing to the public. Three parties and one coalition – the „Koalicija Slobode“ (Freedom Coalition) representing the Kosovo Serb community have registered to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections. They are comprised of 50 candidates in total, while the CEC candidate electoral list verification deadlines is October 10.
In the coming days, KoSSev will introduce a who is who in this Kosovo Serb political landscape. Here we present one of the members of the ‘Freedom Coalition’ – the New Kosovo Party (Nova Partija Kosova). This party will participate in Kosovo parliamentary elections for the third time – this time as a coalition member.
„I expect fierce and baseless attacks from Srpska Lista during this campaign,“ the leader of the New Kosovo Party, Dragisa Miric told KoSSev. This party, along with the Progressive Democratic Party, two civic initiatives and several individuals, is part of the „Freedom“ coalition – the only coalition representing Kosovo Serb to register to participate in the upcoming elections.
The head of the Kosovo Office, Marko Djuric recently referred to the coalition’s representatives „as Albanian representatives of Serbs“ and „anti-Serb.“ Miric, on the other hand, called Djuric’s statements an „insanity“.
„I have never met or talked to Hashim or Ramush Haradinaj and we knew each other from the parliament. The idea that I could be Hashim’s Serb and bring shame to my ancestors who have been here for 500 years and, as he said, recognize the independence of Kosovo – is preposterous,“ Miric argued.
He predicted that the head of the Kosovo Office would continue to make such statements in order to “demean and draw a target” on representatives of this coalition.
„He will not be able to scare me. I am here to protect the interests of the Serbian people,“ the leader of the New Kosovo Party underlined however, adding that he expects the voters to face pressures as well.
„They will call people, harass, threaten and fire them. The election is in a month, and they are already campaigning. It’s inhuman,“ he added.
According to Miric, the ‘Freedom’ coalition aims to win two to three parliamentary seats, adding that this, however, would only happen if „Srpska Lista conducts a lenient and fair campaign.”
„Srpska Lista has had seven years to do something for the Serb people. I believe that they achieved nothing. In the last two months, twenty young people left the village of Batuse, where I was born,” he stated.
The New Kosovo Party is represented by five candidates on the electoral list of the „Freedom“ coalition.
About the New Kosovo Party
The New Kosovo Party was formed as a sub-branch of the Serbian Kosovo Metohija Party, which participated in the Kosovo parliamentary elections on two occasions – in 2007 and 2010.
The party’s main goals include “the employment of young people, the safety of all citizens in Kosovo, survival and return of displaced persons, improvement of relations with Albanians and all communities living in Kosovo.”
„We are in favor of reconciliation with the Albanians. Reconciliation should come first and then the status with the utmost adherence to the Resolution 1244,” said Miric.
Dragisa Miric has been active in Kosovo’s institutions since 2005. He was an advisor to the Minister of Education in the Government of Kosovo from 2005 to 2007 and then an MP in the Kosovo Assembly from 2007 to 2011.
In January this year, Miric was detained by the members of the Serbian MIA at the Merdare border crossing. At the time, Miric told New Press that he was detained for an hour without any explanation and later allowed to continue his journey.
In addition to Miric, several SLS officials were also previously detained at this border crossing by the Serbian MIA. The detainments were interpreted in the public as a form of intimidation of political opponents.
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