President of Kosovo

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President of the Republic of Kosovo
Presidenti i Republikës së Kosovës (Albanian)
Председник Републике Косова (Serbian)
Seal of the President of Kosovo.svg
Presidential seal
Flag of Dardania.svg
Presidential standard
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Vjosa Osmani
since 4 April 2021
Executive branch of the Government of Kosovo
Style Madam President
Her Excellency
Status Head of state
Residence Kosovo Assembly Building
Seat Pristina
Appointer Kuvendi
Term length Five years
Renewable once
Constituting instrument Constitution of Kosovo
Inaugural holder Ibrahim Rugova
Formation25 January 1992 (de jure)
4 March 2002 (de facto)
Deputy Chairman of the Assembly
Salary2,873 € monthly [1]
Website Official website

The president of the Republic of Kosovo (Albanian : Presidenti i Republikës së Kosovës, Serbian : Председник Републике Косова, romanized: Predsednik Republike Kosova), is the head of state and chief representative of the Republic of Kosovo 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] The president serves for a five-year term, renewable once.

History and precursor

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.


Political parties:    LDK    PDK    AKR    Independent    Guxo    Vetëvendosje

Term of officePolitical partyElection
Took officeLeft officeTime in office

Republic of Kosova

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Ibrahim Rugova
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25 January 19921 February 20008 years, 7 days LDK 1992

UN-administered Kosovo

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Ibrahim Rugova
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4 March 200221 January 2006
(Died in office)
3 years, 323 days LDK 2002
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Nexhat Daci
(born 1944)
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21 January 200610 February 200620 days LDK
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Fatmir Sejdiu
(born 1951)
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10 February 200617 February 20082 years, 7 days LDK 2006

Republic of Kosovo

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Fatmir Sejdiu
(born 1951)
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17 February 200827 September 20102 years, 222 days LDK 2008
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Jakup Krasniqi
(born 1951)
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27 September 201022 February 2011148 days PDK
Behgjet Pacolli
(born 1951)
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22 February 20114 April 201141 days AKR 2011
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Jakup Krasniqi
(born 1951)
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4 April 20117 April 20113 days PDK
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Atifete Jahjaga
(born 1975)
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7 April 20117 April 20165 years, 0 days Independent 2011
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Hashim Thaçi
(born 1968)
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7 April 20165 November 20204 years, 212 days PDK 2016
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Vjosa Osmani
(born 1982)
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5 November 202022 March 2021137 days Guxo
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Glauk Konjufca
(born 1981)
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22 March 20214 April 202113 days Vetëvendosje
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Vjosa Osmani
(born 1982)
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4 April 2021Incumbent3 years, 76 days Guxo 2021

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