Monday, November 21, 2005

Presevo sacks mayor

PRESEVO -- Monday – According to first results, Riza Halimi, the long-term mayor of the municipality of Presevo on the Kosovo border, has lost his job in yesterday’s referendum.

The initiative for the referendum to remove Halimi after twelve years as mayor came from a coalition of three Albanian parties who together hold power in the local government.

The vote against Halimi needs an absolutely majority of the municipality’s 29,500 registered voters to succeed.

Halimi’s party lost its majority in the local government assembly after extraordinary elections last year. The new authorities sought Halimi’s replacement, saying that he was obstructing the work of the assembly.

His opponents have accused him of “Belgradising” the municipality, which has a majority Albanian population. B92

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