Wajosa Usmani is the new president of Kosovo. He was elected by parliament in Pristina on Sunday on the advice of Prime Minister Albin Kurti’s ruling party, Vetvendosje. Osmani defeats Hashim Dasi, who resigned in early November, because the Kosovo tribunal in The Hague will convict him of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Usmani, 38, received 71 votes, a majority in the 120-member parliament. 82 delegates attended, 11 of whom voted incorrectly.
After Dasi left, Usmani had already made temporary appointments as Speaker of Parliament. Until June 2020, the new president was vice president of the liberal-conservative LDF, then ruling party, and is now in opposition. After an argument within the LDF, he was expelled from the party.
The court in Dasi Hague must answer for the war crimes that may have occurred during the independence struggle of the Kosovar Albanians against Serbia in 1998 and 1999.
The former president of Kosovo has denied the allegations and says he has nothing to hide. He had previously announced his full cooperation with the tribunal. The current leader of the Kosovo Democratic Party, Kadri Wesley, has also been indicted by the Kosovo tribunal.
Kosovo declared independence in 2008 under the Dass. He has been the country’s prime minister since 2008 and became president in 2016.
What should Dasi respond to?
- Kosovo was once part of the Yugoslav Republic of Serbia. In the 1990s, Yugoslavia collapsed, putting more pressure on the Kosovars from the Serbs. Dasi was the leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which waged the War of Independence against Serbia, in which thousands of people died and hundreds of thousands had to flee. The war ended in 1999 after NATO bombed Serbian targets in Kosovo and Serbia.