An introduction to Kosovo’s second female president, Vjosa Osmani

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Vjosa Osmani is the second female to hold the highest post in the Republic of Kosovo, that of the president of the country.

Prior to that, Osmani was the speaker of the assembly, the first time that a woman held such a post.

In the general elections, held on the 14 of February, Vjosa Osmani ran under the banner of Vetëvendosje and won over 300.000 votes, becoming the most voted politician ever in Kosovo.

Once an activist along with the ranks of the Democratic Union of Kosovo (LDK), she was then appointed deputy leader of the party.

Born on May 17 1982 in Mitrovica, Osmani is a law graduate earning her degree from the University of Pristina and finished her master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States.

From August 2006 to September 2010, Osmani served as the advisor of the former President of Kosovo, Fatmir Sejdiu.

After Kosovo declared its independence in 2008 and Serbia contested it at the International Court of Justice, Osmani was a member of the legal team that defended Kosovo’s independence at the ICJ.

In the previous parliamentary elections held in 2019, Osmani was a candidate of the Democratic Union of Kosovo and received 176.000 votes, coming second as most voted after the leader of Self-Determination, Albin Kurti.

After the Kurti government was ousted began also the rifts between Osmani and LDK leaders.

With a proposal set forth by the then-leader of LDK, Isa Mustafa, in June 2020 with the argument that she had violated the statute of the party when she had opposed the new government led by Avdullah Hoti, the general council of the party decided to discharge Vjosa Osmani from all leading posts.

After that, Vjosa Osmani became closer to former PM Albin Kurti which resulted in the former’s involvement in the list of Self-Determination candidates with her own separate list.

She is married and has twin daughters.

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