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26 Dec 17

Kosovo PM’s ‘Tie’ Statement Inspires Unusual Protest

A group of Kosovo citizens tied some 300 ties to the fence of the government building in Pristina today in protest of Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj’s decision to double his and other high government officials’ salaries, which he claimed was justified because his previous monthly income of 1,300 euros was not enough to cover the costs of his wardrobe expenses.

After the salary increase was announced, Haradinaj told Kosovo’s public broadcaster on Saturday “I have to buy a tie, I have to buy a shirt…I have to be on the level of responsibility” - a statement which went viral over the weekend and had Kosovo citizens donating ties, shirts, pens, socks and coins to the Prime Minister in mockery. Meanwhile, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Halil Matoshi, handed out “Happy Holidays” postcards signed by the premier to protesters.

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