Reformist lawyer Vjosa Osmani has been elected as Kosovo’s president for a five-year time period.
A 38-year-old U.S.-educated jurist, Osmani was already serving as interim president after Hashim Thaçi’s resignation final yr to face costs of crimes towards humanity.
“We might be eternally grateful to those that stand by Kosovo by way of freedom and independence and the institution of the state. Right this moment we ask them to face by our aspect in our widespread targets for speedy integration into Euro-Atlantic constructions,” Osmani mentioned throughout her victory speech.
Osmani gained 71 votes from the 82 members of parliament current. Representatives of the Serbian ethnic minority and members of Thaçi’s get together of former guerilla fighters boycotted the election.
“Congratulations to Vjosa Osmani on her election as President, and to these MPs who carried out their obligation as members of the Meeting,” the U.S. ambassador to Kosovo Philip Kosnett tweeted.
Osmani is a coalition accomplice of Kosovo’s prime minister Albin Kurti and his reformist social-democratic Vetëvendosje get together, which gained a landslide victory on this yr’s parliamentary elections.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Now that Osmani and Kurti’s reformist coalition is in energy, they are going to be confronted not solely with the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination drive, but in addition with easing political tensions with Serbia that stem from the Yugoslav wars.