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Kosovo’s parliament elects Jahjaga as country’s first female president

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Latest update : 2011-04-07

Kosovo's parliament elected Atifete Jahjaga as the country's first female president Thursday. Despite her lack of political experience she was elected unopposed after the opposition threatened a boycott.

AP - Kosovo's parliament has elected Atifete Jahjaga as its new president, the first woman to head the state.

The 35-year-old received 80 votes, with no votes against, in Thursday's parliament session.

Jahjaga was a compromise candidate agreed on by the ruling coalition and main opposition party after a top court said businessman Behgjet Pacolli's election in February breached the constitution because an opposition boycott left fewer lawmakers then required by law. The opposition threatened to repeat the boycott if Pacolli ran again.

Jahjaga, the deputy head of Kosovo's police, has no political background and had never ran for office before.

Suzana Novoberdaliu, another female candidate, was also nominated to meet a legal requirement of having at least two candidates for the vote to count.
 

Date created : 2011-04-07

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