Profile 20 Jun 17

Hashim Thaci, Guerrilla Chief Who Became President

Kosovo's president has established himself as a shrewd tactician able to outmanoeuvre his opponents – but who still remains haunted by his past.

Arben Qirezi
BIRN
Pristina
Hashim Thaci, Kosovo's President. Photo: Atdhe Mulla

The June 11 snap elections have presented Kosovo's president Hashim Thaci with an awkward challenge, which will test his political skills as well as his loyalty towards his former party, the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK.

Having won 35 per cent of the votes in the election, the PDK-led so-called PAN coalition, made up of the PDK, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, and NISMA, emerged as the single strongest political factor, closely followed by Vetevendosje, which ran alone and secured 31 per cent of voter support.

Following the elections, Ramush Haradinaj who leads PAN, as well as Albin Kurti, Vetevendosje’s head, made it clear that they both want to be the new Prime Minister.

According to the Constitutional Court's interpretation of the constitution, , if the PAN candidate, Haradinaj, cannot muster a majority in the assembly, the President must decide whether he will nominate a new candidate from another group, or nominate a different candidate from PAN, which will most likely to lead to new elections.

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