The body of Kosovo’s late president Ibrahim Rugova will be laid to rest later today. But uncertainty continues over who will succeed him.
Rugova died last Saturday, on the eve of negotiations with the government of Serbia-Montenegro on possible Kosovan independence. Those talks have been postponed till February. Rugova’s family joined dignitaries and members of the public yesterday to pay their respects as his body lay in state.
The political scene in Kosovo, which remains under UN administration, has been thrown into disarray by his death. Later today, EU officials are expected to call on the people of the province to work together to quickly find a replacement for the man some have called the “Gandhi of the Balkans”.
But this is a nation still in mourning. Thousands have queued over three days to say their farewells, and more are expected for the funeral. No officials from Serbia-Montenegro will be attending.
Sixty-one pine trees are to be planted at the funeral site as a memorial to the leader – one tree for each year of his life. Euronews will carry live coverage of the funeral at 1300 Central European time.