Presidential election date set for Friday 26th February
The Kosovan parliament has decided to elect a new president of the country in an indirect election on Friday (26th February 2016) at 11 a.m. local time
Last year Prime Minister Isa Mustafa stated that his party, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), would respect a coalition agreement to support former prime minister and current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hashim Thaçi, in the 2016 election. The mandate of current President Atifete Jahjaga runs out in April.
Although Thaçi is considered the favourite to win, he faces a contest from within his own Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) which is putting up Rafet Rama.
Kosovo’s parliament has barely functioned in recent months as opposition MPs have brought the chamber to a halt using tear gas on several occasions in protest against agreements reached with Serbia and Montenegro. The session to elect the new president is likely to be stormy.
The winning candidate needs 80 of the 120 votes in parliament to be elected. A president has to be elected by 7th March.