Kosovo Gets New President, Its Second Female Leader

Kosovo newly elected president Vjosa Osmani Sadriu smiles after being elected in capital Pristina, Kosovo on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Lawmakers in Kosovo elected and swore in a new president Sunday for a five-year term, the Balkan nation's second female leader in the post-war period. The 120-seat parliament, which convened in an extraordinary session for two days, gave 71 votes for Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, the former parliament speaker, in the third round of voting, while 11 votes were invalid. (AP Photo)

(AP) — Kosovo’s parliament has elected former parliament speaker Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu as the country’s new president. The 120-seat parliament on Sunday gave 71 votes for the 38-year-old to become the second female president in post-war Kosovo. Since November, she has been acting president after then-President Hashim Thaci resigned after facing charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special court based in The Hague.

Osmani-Sadriu had the backing of the governing left-wing Self-Determination Movement, which won Kosovo’s Feb. 14 early election. That party now holds the country’s three main political posts: president, speaker and prime minister.


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