Vjosa Osmani – Kosovo New President

Vjosa Osmani became Kosovo’s new president late on Monday (05.04) after three rounds of voting in Pristina’s Parliament with 70 out of 120 deputies in her favor, promising to strengthen the state, the rule of law and protect every inch of its territory, but warned there would not be peace before Serbia repented.  

“The justice would not be served until Serb criminals face it”, Osmani said. 

Her elections ended the formation of all Kosovo’s top institutions, the parliament, government, and the head of state, following February’s early vote. 

Petar Petkovic, the head of Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo accused later on Monday (05.04) Osmani of starting a new cycle of relations with Belgrade with hate and hostile campaign, instead of with messages about the dialogue and joint solution of the problems. He added Osmani and Prime Minister Albin Kurti should “find the strength to overcome the anti-Serbian obsession and turn to dialogue, compromise, conversation, joint search for a solution, and fulfillment of internationally recognized obligations.” 

The first congratulation for Vojsa’s election came from Josep Borell, The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign and Security policy. 

Vjosa called on all Kosovo politicians “to build the spirit of cooperation and tolerance” and described the US, EU, and Albania as Pristina’s “three pillars.” 

Regarding the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalization of relations, she said it was the right way but should be fair and equal. 

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