Profile 02 Jun 17

Kadri Veseli, Kosovo Powerbroker Who Shuns the Spotlight

The former secret service chief who became head of the Democratic Party of Kosovo is a man who prefers to stay in the shadows.

Arben Qirezi
BIRN
Pristina
Kadri Veseli, the head of Kosovo ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK. Photo: Kallxo

The formation of an unlikely-looking alliance between Kadri Veseli’s Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, and a number of former rival parties ahead of the June 11 snap election came as surprise to many people in Kosovo.

However, Veseli’s own decision to allow Ramush Haradinaj, leader of Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, to be the coalition’s joint candidate for the post of Prime Minister - while Veseli heads up the election list is less of a shock.

Throughout his career, from his illegal activism in the 1980s to his participation in the Kosovo Liberation Army, close relations with Hashim Thaci, and his entry into politics – Veseli has always preferred working in the shadows and in the background.

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