Kosovo’s government has elected the deputy director of Kosovo police President of the country, in a remarkable turn of events.PristinaThe vote, at 6pm on Thursday night, followed an agreement between the government coalition and the main opposition party the day before on the presidential candidate, staving off fears that the government might collapse.
|Atifete Jahjaga, Kosovo's President | Photo by: www.president-ksgov.net|
Jahjaga was named the new candidate after several rounds of talks on Wednesday night between the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, its coalition partner New Kosovo Alliance, AKR, and the opposition Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, led by American Ambassador to Pristina Christopher Dell.
In the first round of voting in the 120-seat parliament, 80 voted in favour – just enough to secure the two thirds majority needed to elect a president.
Jahjaga is new to the political scene, and it is unlikely that she will serve out her full five-year mandate, as the parties agreed to hold new presidential elections within 18 months after rewriting the constitution to make the post directly elected by the public.
Beghjet Pacolli, whose election as president was annulled last week, withdrew his candidacy for the revote during the talks....
Friday 8.04.2011 | 11:17
Kosovo's president "selected by U.S. envoy"Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug
PRIŠTINA -- Former Kosovo President Behgjet Pacolli says U.S. Ambassador in Kosovo Christopher Dell, rather than local political parties, selected the new president.
Atifete Jahjaga was appointed to the office by the assembly in Priština on Thursday.
Pacolli briefly held the position earlier this year, but was forced to step down when his election was deemed "unconstitutional".
Now the businessman and New Kosovo Alliance leader says he never heard of Jahjaga before her name was brought up as presidential candidate, and claims that Hashim Thaci and Isa Mustafa "exchanged glances when the name was presented to them".
"I said - I'm withdrawing. Then the U.S. ambassador opened up an envelope and said: you need to accept this because you're lose a great friend, and the U.S. agenda for Kosovo," Pacolli claims.
"When U.S. Ambassador Christopher Dell produced the name of Atifete Jahjage from the envelope in order to suggest her as president, Hashim Thaci and Isa Mustafa were surprised," he told Priština-based TV Clan.
In a statement of his own, Dell said his country cooperated with Jahjaga for many years.
Dell said that she had "earned the admiration and respect of all those that worked with her, from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to hundreds of U.S. policemen and women that were proud to
serve next to her during the past 11 years".
The 36-year-old joined the Kosovo police (KPS) as translator in 2000, and left it to become president of Kosovo as deputy general-director, holding the rank of major-general.
Friday 8.04.2011 | 10:53 | Source: Beta, VIP | Comments: (3) | Send comment PRIŠTINA -- The Kosovo assembly appointed Atifete Jahjaga as president of Kosovo during the initial vote when a two-thirds majority is required.