President of Kosovo

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President of Kosovo
Presidenti i Kosovës (Albanian)
Председник Косова / Predsednik Kosova (Serbian)
Seal of the President of Kosovo.svg
Presidential Seal
Atifete Jahjaga 2011.jpg
Incumbent
Atifete Jahjaga

since 7 April 2011
Appointer Assembly of Kosovo
Term length Five years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Ibrahim Rugova
Formation 4 March 2002
Website president-ksgov.net
Coat of arms of Kosovo.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Kosovo
Constitution and law

The President of the Republic of Kosovo (Albanian: Kryetari i Kosovës, Serbian: Председник Косова, Predsednik Kosova) is Head of State of the Republic of Kosovo[a]. The President of Kosovo is elected by the Assembly of Kosovo.

History of the office[edit]

The first post-war president, who served until his death in January 2006, was Ibrahim Rugova. His successor was Fatmir Sejdiu. When Sejdiu resigned from his post on 27 September 2010, Jakup Krasniqi served as acting president.[1][2] On 22 February 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected as a president of Kosovo,[3] which was quickly evaluated as unconstitutional move.[4] On 4 April 2011, Behgjet Pacolli stepped down[5] and it was decided that another candidate would be elected to serve for up to a year. A constitutional reform will be undertaken to allow for a popular vote for the president in 2013. On 7 April 2011, Atifete Jahjaga, Deputy Director of the Kosovo Police,[6] with the rank of Major general,[7] was elected as President.

List of Presidents of Kosovo[edit]

Socialist Autonomous Province of Kosovo[edit]

Parties

      KPK/SKK

# Name
(Born–Died)
Portrait Term of office Political Party
Chairman of the People's Liberation Committee
1944–1945
1 Mehmed Hoxha
(1908–1987)
No image.png 1 January 1944 11 July 1945 Communist Party of Kosovo
Presidents of the Assembly
1945–1974
1 Fadil Hoxha
(1916–2001)
1st time
Fadil Hoxha, commander of Kosovo partisans.jpg 11 July 1945 20 February 1953 Communist Party of Kosovo (until 1952)
League of Communists of Kosovo (until 1952)
2 Ismet Saqiri
(1918–1986)
No image.png 20 February 1953 12 December 1953 League of Communists of Kosovo
3 Đorđije Pajković
(1917–1980)
No image.png 12 December 1953 5 May 1956 League of Communists of Kosovo
4 Pavle Jovićević
(1910–1985)
No image.png 5 May 1956 4 April 1960 League of Communists of Kosovo
5 Dušan Mugoša
(1914–1973)
No image.png 4 April 1960 18 June 1963 League of Communists of Kosovo
6 Stanoje Akšić
(1921–1970)
Stanoje Aksić.jpg 18 June 1963 24 June 1967 League of Communists of Kosovo
(1) Fadil Hoxha
(1916–2001)
2nd time
Fadil Hoxha, commander of Kosovo partisans.jpg 24 June 1967 7 May 1969 League of Communists of Kosovo
7 Ilaz Kurteshi
(1927– )
No image.png 7 May 1969 May 1974 League of Communists of Kosovo
Presidents of the Presidency
1974–1990
1 Xhavid Nimani
(1919–2000)
Xhavit Nimani.jpg May 1974 August 1981 League of Communists of Kosovo
2 Ali Shukriu
(1919–2005)
No image.png August 1981 1982 League of Communists of Kosovo
3 Kolë Shiroka
(1922–1994)
No image.png 1982 May 1983 League of Communists of Kosovo
4 Shefqet Nebih Gashi
(1927– )
No image.png May 1983 May 1985 League of Communists of Kosovo
5 Branislav Skembarević
(1920–2003)
No image.png May 1985 May 1986 League of Communists of Kosovo
6 Bajram Selani No image.png May 1986 May 1988 League of Communists of Kosovo
7 Remzi Kolgeci
(1947–2011)
No image.png May 1988 5 April 1989 League of Communists of Kosovo
8 Hysen Kajdomçaj No image.png 27 June 1989 11 April 1990 League of Communists of Kosovo

Republic of Kosova (Recognized only by Albania)[edit]

Parties

      LDK

# Name
(Born–Died)
Portrait Elected Term of office Political Affiliation
President
1992–2000
1 Ibrahim Rugova
(1944–2006)
Ibrahim Rugova.jpg 25 May 1992 1 February 2000 Democratic League of Kosovo

UN-administered Kosovo[edit]

Parties

      LDK

# Name
(Born–Died)
Portrait Elected Term of office Political Affiliation
Presidents
2002–2008
1 Ibrahim Rugova
(1944–2006)
Ibrahim Rugova.jpg 2002 4 March 2002 21 January 2006
(Died in office)
Democratic League of Kosovo
Nexhat Daci (acting)
(1944– )
No image.png 21 January 2006 10 February 2006 Democratic League of Kosovo
2 Fatmir Sejdiu
(1951– )
Fatmir Sejdiu 2006.jpg 2006
2008
10 February 2006 17 February 2008 Democratic League of Kosovo

Republic of Kosovo (Recognized by 108 UN member states)[edit]

Parties

      LDK       PDK       AKR       Non-party

# Name
(Born–Died)
Portrait Elected Term of office Political Affiliation
Presidents
2008 onwards
1 Fatmir Sejdiu
(1951– )
Fatmir Sejdiu 2006.jpg 17 February 2008 27 September 2010 Democratic League of Kosovo
Jakup Krasniqi (acting)
(1951– )
No image.png 27 September 2010 22 February 2011 Democratic Party of Kosovo
2 Behgjet Pacolli
(1951– )
Pacolli final.jpg 2011 22 February 2011 4 April 2011 New Kosovo Alliance
Jakup Krasniqi (acting)
(1951– )
No image.png 4 April 2011 7 April 2011 Democratic Party of Kosovo
3 Atifete Jahjaga
(1975– )
Atifete Jahjaga 2011.jpg 2011 7 April 2011 Incumbent Non-party

Latest election[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes:

a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References:

  1. ^ "Sejdiu dha dorëheqje nga posti i presidentit" (in Albanian). telegrafi.com. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kosovo president resigns over breach of constitution". BBC. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Bytyci, Fatos (22 February 2011). "Kosovo elects businessman Behgjet Pacolli president". Reuters. 
  4. ^ Snyder, Whitney (30 March 2011). "Kosovo President Behgjet Pacolli Resigns, Vows To Run Again". Huffington Post. 
  5. ^ http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,14956696,00.html
  6. ^ Koha, "Në krye të Policisë së Kosovës, Atifete Jahjaga" Shqip TIME.mk 16 October 2010 (accessed 6 April 2011)
  7. ^ "Atifete Jahjaga zgjidhet presidente e Republikës" Telegrafi.com 7 April 2011 (accessed 6 April 2011)

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