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A Professor of chemistry by education, 66-year-old Daci entered politics when he became a member of the general council of the LDK in 1992, holding the position of the Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo from 2001 until Rugova’s death in 2006.
He was appointed Kosovo’s acting President until Sejdiu took over leadership of the party in 2007 when he won the party’s internal election.
The battle for the top job tore the party apart and Daci left to form the Democratic League of Dardania before the 2007 election, making a modest showing with 7 seats in parliament.
He was convicted in October of this year of using public funds to pay for new spectacles and have work done on his teeth while Speaker of the Assembly. He has appealed the ruling.
Dearth of official events marking third anniversary of independence partially reflects the fact that Kosovo lacks a government right now - but also a feeling that the country is adrift.
The World Court ruling on independence, early general elections and waves of corruption arrests marked a year of political turbulence – but Hashim Thaci remained on top for the time being.
Balkan Insight has learnt that results from one-in-three polling stations require further investigation for fraud, calling into the question results from the whole country.
I’m not sure who said that you campaign in poetry and govern in prose, but in Kosovo’s case, the electioneering for the December 12 poll has been more like ad-lib street rap than Keats or Baudelaire.
Democratic Party of Kosovo is on course for a narrow win in Sunday’s poll but whether it will be able to form a viable coalition is far from clear.
A growing number of Serbian political actors, both in Kosovo and Serbia, realise that the policy of boycotting Kosovar institutions is in fact a denial of reality on the ground.
You never know when you might get that hushed call from the man with the New Jersey brogue telling you that you are about to become president.
Around 1.6million people out of an estimated population of 2million are eligible to vote on December 12, although hundreds of thousands of registered Kosovars live outside of the country and thousands of dead people remain on the electoral roll.