Lawmakers in Kosovo elected and swore during a new president Sunday for a five-year term, the Balkan nation’s second female leader within the post-war period.The 120-seat parliament, which convened in a unprecedented session for 2 days, gave 71 votes for Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, the previous parliament speaker, within the third round of voting, while 11 votes were invalid.Osmani-Sadriu, post-war Kosovo’s seventh president and its second female one, had the backing of the left-wing Self-Determination Movement, or Vetevendosje!, which won Kosovo’s Feb. 14 early election during a landslide. The party now holds the three top posts: the president, the speaker and therefore the prime minister.
Osmani-Sadriu was the highest vote-getter therein election.
As president, she is going to have largely a ceremonial post because the head of state. But she also features a leading position in policy and is that the commander of the soldiers .Resuming normalization talks with former war foe Serbia may be a priority in her list, albeit the govt of Prime Minister Albin Kurti has said it’s not high in its key goals.
Kosovo became independent in 2008 after NATO intervened in 1999 to prevent then-Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic’s bloody crackdown on Albanian independence fighters’ insurrection. it's recognized by quite 100 countries but not by Serbia or Serbian allies like Russia and China.Two opposition parties and therefore the ethnic Serb minority party boycotted the voting.
In November, the 38-year-old Osmani-Sadriu temporarily replaced former President Hashim Thaci, a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s war for independence from Serbia within the late 1990s, who resigned after facing charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special court based within the Hague.