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Hashim Thaci sworn-in as Kosovo's President

47-year-old Thaci, who succeeded Atifete Jahjaga, was elected as President in Parliament on 26 February 2016.

Apr 8, 2016 08:29 IST
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Hashim Thaci, the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, was on 7 April 2016 sworn-in as President of Kosovo. The sworn-in ceremony at the Kosovo Assembly was boycotted by Opposition parties.

Thaci, who succeeded Atifete Jahjaga, was elected for the post on 26 February 2016 in the absence of nearly all opposition lawmakers who had earlier tried to disrupt the voting with tear gas.

After taking the oath, Thaci said, his goals were Kosovo's integration into NATO and European Union, and the continuation of the process of normalizing relations with Serbia.

Who is Hashim Thaci?

• In the 1990s, he was a leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which fought a guerrilla war against Serbia from 1998-99.

• He was the first Prime Minister of Kosovo and the Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the cabinet led by Isa Mustafa, which assumed office on 12 December 2014.

• In 2008, he declared Kosovo’s independence from Serbia.

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