Hashim Thaci resigns as President of Kosovo

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci has resigned. Hashim Thaci told a press conference in Pristina on Thursday that he will step down as president after war crimes charges against him were confirmed by a pre-trial judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague. 

“I will not appear before the court as president. Today I resign from the position of president of the Republic of Kosovo,” said Thaci, who was the political leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army during the 1998-99 war. 

Thaci’s resignation means that parliamentary speaker Vjosa Osmani will now serve as acting president until Kosovo’s parliament manages to reach a consensus on a new head of state. 

Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti’s office said in a statement after the resignation of Thaci that “the Kosovo Liberation Army fought for the liberation of our country” and that “no one can judge our struggle for freedom”. 

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