Hashim Thaci sworn in as new President of Kosovo
Hashim Thaci has sworn in as the President of Kosovo after he was elected by the parliament in March 2016. He succeeds Atifete Jahjaga.
With this, he becomes fourth President of Kosovo after the European country had unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008.
Prior getting elected as President he was serving as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in the Government led by Isa Mustafa.
About Hashim Thaci
- Born on April 24, 1968 in the Drenica region of central Kosovo.
- From the early 1990s as a student, Thaci was involved in passive resistance to the Belgrade authorities.
- He had rose to prominence as the political leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a paramilitary organisation that was active during the Kosovo War.
- He was the first Prime Minister of Kosovo after it had unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008. He was in office from January 2008 to December 2014.
- It is a disputed territory and partially recognised state in Southeastern Europe after it had unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008.
- Its independence has been recognised by the US and many EU countries. Since 1999, Kosovo is under UN administration after the NATO intervention had ousted Serbian forces.
- It is landlocked in the central Balkan Peninsula and is facing long-term severe ethnic tensions between Kosovo’s Albanian and Serb communities.