Osman Sadkiu, the newest canton level representative of Albanian origin in Switzerland

By: Liza Gashi    June 30, 2013

Members of Kosovo Albanian Diaspora in Switzerland, being one of the largest Kosovo communities abroad, is slowly taking its steps towards engaging within democratic institutions of the host country. Osman Sadiku is one of the five Kosovo-born citizens of Switzerland that was elected as a legislator in one of the 26 cantons of the country. 

The Albanian community in Switzerland, from 26th of June has its fifth legislator within canton level parliaments. Osman Sadiku,  a representative of the Social Democratic Party has sworn the oath on Wednesday at the canton Parliament of Glarus, where he will be holding the mandate of a legislator. Before  Sadiku’s oath, there are four other legislators of Albanian origin from Kosovo that were elected in Swiss Institutions. Zari Xhaferi was elected at the canton of Zug. Ylfete Fanaj at the canton of Lucerne; another was the Albanian-Swiss citizen, Etrit Hassler who was elected at the canton of St.Gallen.  All four representatives come from the ranks of the Social Democratic Party. The  first ever cantonal-level legislator of Albanian origin is Osman Osmani, elected in 2006 at the canton of Schaffhausein.

Osman Sadiku, an immigration specialist, residing for 18 years in Switzerland. From Kosovo, Dardana Municipality, went to Switzerland to work as an electric engineer. In Switzerland he worked for 14 years at the Red Cross, in Glarus. There, he gathered important experience working with foreigners and people in need. This and his engagement with social activities brought him close to the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland.

The original article was posted in Albanian at IndeksOnline. Click here to read the original article.  


Liza Gashi

Liza is a public policy professional with experience in project and campaign management, qualitative analysis and big data, and multi-stakeholder engagement in Kosovo, the United States, Costa Rica and Argentina. Liza has founded and managed Germin and the www.kosovodiaspora.org portal. She has been a Commitment-Maker of the Clinton Global Initiative. Liza has also founded and currently leads the United World Colleges Committee in Kosovo, which has administered scholarships for Kosovo high school students to attend UWC colleges in 15 different countries. Liza is pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Arizona State University, and holds a bachelor degree from Wartbrug College (IA) in International Relations, Political Science and Spanish. She is a graduate of United World College in Costa Rica, and studied for a semester at the National University of Córdoba in Argentina.

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