Hashim Thaçi elected President of Kosovo
Former resistance leader, Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Hashim Thaçi, has been elected as the new President of Kosovo. He replaces President Atifete Jahjaga whose mandate runs out in April.
Thaçi was always the favourite to win the election but it still took three rounds before he received the requisite number of votes. Thaçi was up against another PDK member, Rafet Rama and only in the third round did he receive more than half of the votes in the 120 seat parliament. The final round gave him 71 votes with Rafet Rama receiving no votes and ten votes were invalid. Only 81 deputies of the 120 entitled to vote were present and voting.
The election, which was due to take place at 11 a.m. was delayed by an hour and then further delayed twice by opposition deputies firing off tear gas in the chamber. Eleven opposition deputies were suspended from parliament.
Hashim Thaçi will be inaugurated on 7th April.