PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s parliament has appointed a 38-year-old U.S.-educated feminine regulation professor and candidate of the ruling Vetevendosje occasion as the nation’s new president, following an election in February.
Vjosa Osmani took over as appearing president of Kosovo final November when her predecessor, Hashim Thaci, resigned forward of his impending warfare crimes trial within the Netherlands.
Osmani’s preliminary mandate expired when the new authorities of Prime Minister Albin Kurti, the pinnacle of Vetevendosje, took over following the Feb. 14 election.
On Sunday the 120-seat parliament voted in favour of appointing Osmani president by 71 votes.
Opposition events and civil society watchdogs have criticised her appointment, saying that having a president, prime minister and speaker of parliament all from the identical occasion shouldn’t be welcome in a rustic with a fragile democracy.
Osmani represents a kind of younger Kosovar extra conversant in life within the West and pissed off with the nepotism and ineffectiveness of the nation’s conventional events.
In a speech, Osmani referred to as for a dialogue aimed toward normalising ties with Serbia, however mentioned Belgrade should first apologise and prosecute these liable for warfare crimes dedicated through the 1998-99 warfare that finally led to Kosovo changing into unbiased in 2008.
“Peace would be achieved only when we see remorse and an apology from Serbia and when we see justice for those who have suffered from their crimes,” Osmani mentioned.
Until final September Osmani was a excessive rating official of the Democratic League of Kosovo occasion, which she stop to affix forces with Kurti. She shouldn’t be a member of the anti-establishment Vetevendosje, however she ran on their checklist within the February elections.
She is married and has two daughters.
Former President Thaci, a wartime hero who turned politician, is at the moment within the Hague awaiting trial earlier than the Netherlands-based Kosovo’s warfare crimes courtroom. He has denied the fees in opposition to him.
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