January 28, 2023

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New elections avoided: 38-year-old youth elected president of Kosovo

Re-election was avoided
The 38-year-old elected president of Kosovo

In the second attempt, the Kosovo parliament elects young lawyer Vosa Osmani as president. He has been in office on a commission basis for several months. But the opposition and the Serbian minority wanted to block their commitment.

In Kosovo, 38-year-old lawyer Vosa Osmani was elected the new president. With 38 votes out of 82 MPs in Pristina, the 38-year-old won the election, according to parliamentary speaker Clark Konjufka. On Saturday, the election failed due to the boycott of the opposition and the Serbian minority; If it fails again, early elections will be threatened again. The failure of the first attempt was a setback for Albin Kurti, the leader of the new Kosovar government.

After his election, Osmani, who also trained in the United States, called for talks with Serbia to normalize relations between the two sides.

Osmani has been in office since November because his predecessor, Hashim Dasi Hak, resigned on charges brought by the Kosovo war crimes tribunal. The mandate for Prime Minister Kurti and his opposition party, the Veterans, has expired with the acquisition of a new government. Vettenosje clearly won the parliamentary election in mid-February.

Opposition parties and civil society representatives have criticized Osmani’s election, saying that in a weak democracy like Kosovo, it would not be good if the president, prime minister and parliamentarian came from the same party. Usmani Vettevendosje was not a member, but was on their list for the February election.

Kosovo, with its 1.9 million people, declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, which did not recognize Russia-backed Serbia. Behind the scenes, the EU in particular insists on resolving the conflict and pouring billions into the region. All Western Balkan states are seen as candidates for EU membership. Kosovo is considered the poorest country in the region.

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