Pristina, 26 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Parliament of Kosovo elected a few moments ago with 71 votes in favor and 10 invalid votes, Hashim Thaci, the current leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, in the post of the president of Kosovo.
Thaci was elected in the third round of voting because in the first two rounds, he didn’t receive sufficient votes.
The voting was contested by opposition MPs, who threw teargas several times during the session.
The new president has pledged that he will work in order to preserve the territorial integrity of the Republic of Kosovo, for the equality between Albanians and other ethnic communities and to respect the rights of all Kosovars regardless of their ethnicity, religion, gender or race.
“I’d like to thank all the political parties that bestowed upon me this responsibility to serve to the Republic of Kosovo. I assure you that I will always work in the service of the country and the citizens, by respecting the Constitution of Kosovo”, Thaci declared.
Thaci also said that he will commit to integrate Kosovo in the EU, NATO and other international organizations.
“I shall engage for the implementation of all our state priorities”, he said. The president will start his term in office once he takes his oath at the Parliament of Kosovo on April 7, 2016.
After the victory of the Democratic Party of Kosovo in the parliamentary elections of 17 November 2007, Mr. Hashim Thaci was elected prime minister of Kosovo on 9 January 2008.
On 17 February 2008, PM Thaci announces Kosovo an independent, sovereign and independent state in front of the parliament of Kosovo. From 1999 until today, Mr. Hashim Thaci has affirmed and defended Kosovo’s cause with many speeches and lectures in tens of universities and prestigious institutes of Western countries.
Hashim Thaci speaks English and German. /ibna/