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Kosovo (Serbia): Political parties

Last modified: 2009-08-15 by ivan sache
Keywords: kosovo | democratic party of kosovo | partia demokratike e kosoves | eagle: double-headed (black) | letters: pdk (black) | democratic league of dardania | lidhja demokratike e dardanise |
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Democratic Party of Kosovo (Partia Demokratike e Kosovës - PDK)

Flag of PDK

Flag of PDK - Image by Ivan Sache, 8 March 2009

The PDK was founded on 14 May 1999 as the political branch of the UÇK (Kosovo Liberation Army). Originally named the Party for the Democratic Progress of Kosovo (Partia për Progres Demokratik e Kosovë, PPDK), the party adopted its current name when formally constituted, on 21 May 2000.
Chaired by Hashim Thaçi, the former commander of the UÇK, the PDK won 27.3% of the votes cast in the 2000 local elections, 28.9% in 2004 and 34.3% in 2007. On 9 January 2008, Thaçi was elected Prime Minister by the Parliament of Kosovo, which proclaimed the independence of Kosovo on 17 January 2008.

The flag of PDK, as shown on a photo taken on 2 July 2007 in Prizren, is white with the emblem of the party in the middle.

Flag of PDK

Other flag of PDK - Image by Ivan Sache, 8 March 2009

The 14 November 2001 issue of Madrid's local newspaper 20 minutos de Madrid y mas shows on page 4 a picture of a Democratic Party of Kosovo demonstration with a single Albanian flag and many white flags with the logo of the PDK, a sans-serif red "V" and the serif black letters "PDK" (possibly in black).
This flag is shown on a photo taken in 2007, seemingly in a polling station.

Ivan Sache & Santiago Dotor, 8 March 2009

Democratic League of Dardania (Lidhja Demokratike e Dardanisë - LDD)

Flag of LDD

Flag of LDD - Image by Ivan Sache, 9 March 2009

The LDD was founded in January 2007 as a splinter of the Democratic League of Kosovo (Lidhja Demokratike e Kosovës, LDK), the party once presided by the historical leader Ibrahim Rugova. Chaired by Nexhat Daci, Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo in 2001-2006, LDD has 11 seats (ex-LDK) in the Parliament of Kosovo.

LDD uses both the Dardania flag and a white flag with the emblem and name of the party (in Albanian on the first line, in English on the second line).
The emblem of the party is made of the three interlaced letters "L", "D" and "D".

The symbols of LDD are prescribed in Article 4 of the Statutes of the party:

LDD-ja ka vulën, shenjën - akronimin, llogon dhe flamurin e saj.
Formën dhe përmbajtjen e vulës, shenjës-akronimit, llogos dhe flamurit të LDD-së, e përcakton Këshilli Kombëtar me propozimin e Kryesisë.
Vulë kanë edhe degët e LDD-së, forma dhe përmbajtja e të cilave nuk mund të jetë ndryshe nga ajo e vulës së LDD-së (Qendrore).
Ruajtja dhe përdorimi i vulës rregullohet me vendim të veçantë të Kryesisë.

Ivan Sache, 9 March 2009