Kosovan president's office attacked with Molotov cocktail

By bne IntelliNews March 13, 2016

A group of masked assailants broke a window and hurled a Molotov cocktail into Kosovan president Atifete Jahjaga's office at 4am on March 12.

The incident took place amid a growing political crisis in Kosovo. Jahjaga is due to be replaced by president-elect Hashim Thaci on April 7, which has added to the grievances of Kosovo's three main opposition parties.

Jahjaga condemned the attack against her office, which is located in the building of the country’s parliament in central Pristina, and said that it is “an unacceptable act which damages the public property and aims to instill the sense of insecurity on citizens”, a notice on the president’s website said on March 12.

The attackers did not manage to set the building on fire and there were no injuries, Reuters reported.

The government condemned the attack as "dangerous for the constitutional order and the country’s stability." Nobody has claimed responsibility for the incident. Jahjaga asked for an investigation and appealed to the public to help the law enforcement bodies.

The three Kosovan opposition parties represented in the parliament are contesting the February 26 election of Thaci before Kosovo’s Constitutional Court.

The three parties have been protesting for several months against EU-brokered deals struck by Pristina with Serbia, especially the agreement on the formation of an association of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo. The parties are also against a border demarcation deal with Montenegro and demand the resignation of the government and early elections.

Opposition lawmakers have released tear gas in the parliament on numerous occasions in recent months. Other forms of protest by the opposition included rallies, some of which were marred by violence. On February 23, opposition activists set up tents in front of the main government building in Pristina. The next protest is planned for March 26.

However, the opposition denies involvement in recent incidents, in which private cars of senior government officials were set ablaze, Reuters said.

Related Articles

DUI leader keeps options open as coalition talks begin in Macedonia

The leader of Macedonia’s ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), Ali Ahmeti, said on January 11 that his party will negotiate with the conservative VMRO-DPMNE on the formation ... more

Former Kosovan premier Ramush Haradinaj arrested in France on Serbia’s warrant

Ramush Haradinaj, a former Kosovan prime minister and the leader of the opposition Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK),  has been taken into police custody in France on a Serbian arrest ... more

Kosovo police arrest 5 suspected of Molotov cocktail attack on Turkish consulate

The Kosovan authorities have detained five persons on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails at the Turkish consulate in the city of Prizren in the southern part of the country, a ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:
  • Full access to the bne content daily news and features on the website
  • Newsletters direct to your mailbox
  • Print and digital subscription to the monthly bne magazine
  • Digital subscription to the weekly bne newspaper

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Register for free to read bne IntelliNews Magazine. You'll receive a free digital subscription.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

IntelliNews Pro offers daily news updates delivered to your inbox and in-depth data reports.
Get the emerging markets newswire that financial professionals trust.

"No day starts for my team without IntelliNews Pro" — UBS

Thank-you for requesting an IntelliNews Pro trial. Our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Dismiss