Kosovo’s parliament elected Vjosa Osmani as the country’s new president on Sunday.
Osmani received 71 votes from the lawmakers at the third round of voting in the Assembly of Kosovo.
While 82 deputies participated in the vote in the 120-member parliament, 11 votes were declared invalid.
BREAKING: The Assembly has elected Vjosa Osmani as the new president of Kosovo 🇽🇰 for a 5 year term— kos_data (@kos_data) April 4, 2021
She's the second female president of the country pic.twitter.com/hdQvFFTNBB
The 38-year-old politician studied law at the University of Pristina in Kosovo and earned a doctorate from Pittsburgh University in the US.
Serving as the parliament speaker in Kosovo, Osmani also served as the acting president after the resignation of former President Hashim Thaci.
Married with two children, Osmani speaks English, Turkish, Spanish, and Serbian besides her native language Albanian.
In her remarks in parliament following the election, Osmani mentioned the difficult times leading Kosovo to freedom and independence.
BREAKING— Admirim (temp account, details in pinned tweet) (@admirim_) April 4, 2021
With 61+ MPs in favor, Vjosa Osmani, 38, the most voted candidate for MP in 🇽🇰 history, who was expelled by her party less than a year ago because she stood by her principles, is the new President of the Republic of Kosovo.
The peaceful political revolution is complete. pic.twitter.com/tGcn2V4TcD
“We will be eternally grateful to those who stand by Kosovo through freedom and independence and the establishment of the state. Today we ask them to stand by our side in our common goals for rapid integration into Euro-Atlantic structures, in the development of the economy, in ensuring equity and in the general wellbeing of the country,” she said.
Regarding Serbia, Osmani said that the dialogue between the two countries should be fair and equal.
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