Reformist lawyer Vjosa Osmani has been elected as Kosovo’s president for a five-year term.
A 38-year-old U.S.-educated jurist, Osmani was already serving as interim president after Hashim Thaçi’s resignation last year to face charges of crimes against humanity.
Reformist lawyer Vjosa Osmani has been elected as Kosovo’s president for a five-year term.
A total of 71 lawmakers in the 120-seat parliament voted in favour of Osmani, with two opposition parties boycotting the vote along with the Serb minority party.
Osmani becomes the second female leader in Kosovo since the Balkan nation declared independence from Serbia 13 years ago.
She had been acting president since November 2020, when former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader and president Hashim Thaci resigned after his indictment for war crimes by an international court in the Hague.
Reformist lawyer Vjosa Osmani has been elected as Kosovo’s president for a five-year term.
“We will be eternally grateful to those who stand by Kosovo through freedom and independence and the establishment of the state. Today we ask them to stand by our side in our common goals for rapid integration into Euro-Atlantic structures,” Osmani said during her victory speech.
Reformist lawyer Vjosa Osmani has been elected as Kosovo’s president for a five-year term.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Now that Osmani and Kurti’s reformist coalition is in power, they will be faced not only with the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination drive, but also with easing political tensions with Serbia that stem from the Yugoslav wars
A total of 71 lawmakers in the 120-seat parliament voted in favour of Osmani, with two opposition parties boycotting the vote along with the Serb minority party.