President of Kosovo

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President of Kosovo
Presidenti i Republikës së Kosovës  (Albanian)
Председник Републике Косова  (Serbian)
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Hashim Thaçi MSC 2018 (cropped).jpg
Hashim Thaçi

since 7 April 2016
AppointerAssembly of the Republic of Kosovo
Term lengthFive years
Renewable once
Inaugural holderIbrahim Rugova
Formation4 March 2002
Salary2,873 EUR monthly[1]
WebsiteOfficial website
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The President of Kosovo (Albanian: Presidenti i Kosovës, Serbian: Председник Косова, romanizedPredsednik Kosova), officially styled the President of the Republic of Kosovo (Albanian: Presidenti i Republikës së Kosovës, Serbian: Председник Републике Косова, romanizedPredsednik Republike Kosova), is the head of state and chief representative of the Republic of Kosovo[a] in the country and abroad.

The President is elected indirectly, by the Assembly of Kosovo, in a secret ballot by a two-thirds majority of deputies in functions. If no candidate achieves a two-thirds majority, at the third ballot the candidate who receives a simple majority is elected.[2]

The vote in the Assembly should take place no later than a month before the end of the incumbent President's term of office.[3] He or she serves for a five-year term, renewable once.

History and precursor[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.[4][5] On 22 February 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected as a president of Kosovo,[6] which was quickly evaluated as unconstitutional move.[7] On 4 April 2011, Behgjet Pacolli stepped down[8] 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,[9] with the rank of Major general,[10] was elected as President.


Socialist Autonomous Province of Kosovo[edit]



No. Name
Portrait Term of office Political Party
Chairman of the People's Liberation Committee
1 Mehmed Hoxha
No image.png 1 January 1944 11 July 1945 Communist Party
Presidents of the Assembly
1 Fadil Hoxha
1st time
Fadil Hoxha, commander of Kosovo partisans.jpg 11 July 1945 20 February 1953 Communist Party
renamed in 1952 to
League of Communists
2 Ismet Saqiri
No image.png 20 February 1953 12 December 1953 League of Communists
3 Đorđije Pajković
No image.png 12 December 1953 5 May 1956 League of Communists
4 Pavle Jovićević
No image.png 5 May 1956 4 April 1960 League of Communists
5 Dušan Mugoša
Dušan Mugoša.jpg 4 April 1960 18 June 1963 League of Communists
6 Stanoje Akšić
Stanoje Aksić.jpg 18 June 1963 24 June 1967 League of Communists
(1) Fadil Hoxha
2nd time
Fadil Hoxha, commander of Kosovo partisans.jpg 24 June 1967 7 May 1969 League of Communists
7 Ilaz Kurteshi
Iljaz Kurteši.jpg 7 May 1969 May 1974 League of Communists
Presidents of the Presidency
1 Xhavid Nimani
Xhavit Nimani.jpg May 1974 August 1981 League of Communists
2 Ali Shukriu
No image.png August 1981 1982 League of Communists
3 Kolë Shiroka
No image.png 1982 May 1983 League of Communists
4 Shefqet Nebih Gashi
No image.png May 1983 May 1985 League of Communists
5 Branislav Škembarević
Branislav Škembarević.jpg May 1985 May 1986 League of Communists
6 Bajram Selani No image.png May 1986 May 1988 League of Communists
7 Remzi Kolgeci
No image.png May 1988 5 April 1989 League of Communists
8 Hysen Kajdomçaj
No image.png 27 June 1989 11 April 1990 League of Communists

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



No. Name
Portrait Elected Term of office Political Affiliation
1 Ibrahim Rugova
(1944–2006) Ibrahim Rugova (nënshkrim).svg
Ibrahim Rugova.jpg 25 January 1992 1 February 2000 Democratic League

UN-administered Kosovo[edit]



No. Name
Portrait Elected Term of office Political Affiliation
1 Ibrahim Rugova
(1944–2006) Ibrahim Rugova (nënshkrim).svg
Ibrahim Rugova.jpg 2002 4 March 2002 21 January 2006
(Died in office)
Democratic League
2 Fatmir Sejdiu
(1951–) Fatmir Sejdiu (nënshkrim).svg
Fatmir Sejdiu 2009.jpg 2006
10 February 2006 17 February 2008 Democratic League

Republic of Kosovo (Recognised by 112 UN member states)[edit]


  LDK   PDK   AKR   Non-party

No. Portrait President
Term of office Political Party Election
Took office Left office Time in office
Fatmir Sejdiu
Fatmir Sejdiu
(born 1951 Fatmir Sejdiu (nënshkrim).svg)
17 February 200827 September 20102 years, 222 daysLDK2008
Jakup Krasniqi
Jakup Krasniqi
(born 1951 Jakup Krasniqi (nënshkrim).svg)
27 September 201022 February 2011148 daysPDK
Behgjet Pacolli
Behgjet Pacolli
(born 1951 Behgjet Pacolli (nënshkrim).svg)
22 February 20114 April 201141 daysAKR2011
Jakup Krasniqi
Jakup Krasniqi
(born 1951 Jakup Krasniqi (nënshkrim).svg)
4 April 20117 April 20113 daysPDK
Atifete Jahjaga
Atifete Jahjaga
(born 1975 Atifete Jahjaga (nënshkrim).svg)
7 April 20117 April 20165 years, 0 daysIndependent2011
Hashim Thaçi
Hashim Thaçi
(born 1968 Hashim Thaçi (nënshkrim).svg)
7 April 2016Incumbent4 years, 81 daysPDK2016

Living former Presidents[edit]

There are three living former Kosovan Presidents:

Latest election[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 97 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. ^ "Infographic: What are the Monthly Salaries of Presidents in the Region - Sarajevo Times". Sarajevo Times. 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ Balkan Update
  3. ^ A New President for Kosovo, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, 20 January 2016
  4. ^ "Sejdiu dha dorëheqje nga posti i presidentit" (in Albanian). 27 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Kosovo president resigns over breach of constitution". BBC. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  6. ^ Bytyci, Fatos (22 February 2011). "Kosovo elects businessman Behgjet Pacolli president". Reuters.
  7. ^ Snyder, Whitney (30 March 2011). "Kosovo President Behgjet Pacolli Resigns, Vows To Run Again". Huffington Post.
  8. ^,,14956696,00.html
  9. ^ Koha, "Në krye të Policisë së Kosovës, Atifete Jahjaga"[permanent dead link] Shqip 16 October 2010 (accessed 6 April 2011)
  10. ^ "Atifete Jahjaga zgjidhet presidente e Republikës" 7 April 2011 (accessed 6 April 2011)

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