New Kosovan president sworn in

Hashim Thaci pledges to protect Kosovo's independence

New Kosovan president sworn in

World Bulletin / News Desk

The new president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, assumed his post at a swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.

Thaci, a 47-year-old former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which led Kosovo to independence, replaced Atifete Jahjaga to become the republic’s fifth president.

The ceremony at the parliament in Pristina was boycotted by opposition politicians but attended by foreign and local dignitaries.

Thaci gave an address in which he vowed to protect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kosovo.

“I have been [involved] in the all the processes of Kosovo’s independence and freedom,” he said. “As Kosovo’s new leader, I will work for regional cooperation to aim [to bring] peace and stability.”

Thaci, a former prime minister and foreign minister and the ex-leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, was elected by parliament on Feb. 26.

Earlier this week an opposition bid to annul his election was turned down by the Constitutional Court. Opposition politicians have disrupted parliament since September in protest at moves to give greater rights to ethnic Serbs and at a border agreement with Montenegro.

Last Mod: 07 Nisan 2016, 14:54
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