Alliance for the Future of Kosovo
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The current president of the party is Ramush Haradinaj. In December 2004 the parliament elected him as Prime Minister of Kosovo and he formed a coalition government with the largest party, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). He resigned as Prime Minister in March 2005 after learning that he had been indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, for 37 counts of war crimes. He received a full acquittal from the Tribunal on 3 April 2008. He returned to Kosovo and immediately resumed his duties as president of the party.
The AAK currently has three deputy presidents: Blerim Shala, Naim Maloku and Ahmet Isufi.
The current Secretary General is Burim Ramadani and the Secretary of Organisation is Ibrahim Selmanaj.
At the last legislative elections held on 17 November 2007, the alliance won 9.6% of the popular vote and 10 out of 120 seats in the Assembly of Kosovo, which made it the fifth largest political force. This was a gain on the previous two legislative elections in 2001 and 2004 in which the AAK won 7.8% and 8.4% of the popular vote, respectively.
The AAK's eleven current members of parliament are: Ardian Gjini, who is the leader of the parliamentary caucus, Ahmet Isufi, Daut Haradinaj, Kimete Bajraktari, Burim Ramadani, Bali Muharremaj, Donika Kadaj, Blerim Shala, Teuta Haxhiu, Ramiz Kelmendi and Time Kadrijaj also serves as the AAK's member of the Assembly Presidency.
At the municipal elections held on 15 November 2007, the party gained 8 of 37 municipalities of Kosovo.
AAK is located slightly to the right on the political spectrum.
Party name and symbols
The choice of the party's name, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) is explained in Ramush Haradinaj's second book. Whereas previous Kosovo party acronyms began with consonants, a vowel was chosen for AAK because it seems less harsh and more open. The word "future" was chosen to mark a break with the old communist tendency to reflect backwards upon one's history. Finally, "alliance" was chosen because of its association with the NATO alliance which is much revered in Kosovo for its intervention in the Kosovo War of 1999, and also because of it evokes the idea of working together to achieve one's aims.
The alliance was originally formed by several smaller parties:
- People's Movement of Kosovo (Lëvizja Popullore e Kosovës - LPK)
- Parliamentary Party of Kosovo (Partia Parlamentare e Kosovës)
- Civic Alliance of Kosovo (Aleanca Qytetare e Kosovës)
- National Movement for the Liberation of Kosovo (Lëvizja Kombëtare për Çlirimin e Kosovës)
- Party of Albanian National Union (Partia e Unitetit Kombëtar Shqiptar)
- Albanian Union of Christian Democrats (Unioni Shqiptar Demokristian)
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- Aleanca për Ardhmërinë e Kosovës The official website