07 Apr '11, 8pm

Kosovo swears in top woman cop as president

Kosovo swears in top woman cop as president

PRISTINA : A 36-year-old woman police commander was on Thursday sworn in as Kosovo's new president, ending weeks of political crisis. A virtual political unknown, Atifete Jahjaga, 36, who has never been a member of any political party because of her police role, pledged to work towards securing Kosovo's much coveted membership of the European Union. "I never thought until yesterday that I would take high political office, but I was ready to serve my country," she said. She added that she would strive to secure a better future for Kosovo which is still recovering from the 1998-99 conflict with Serbia. "The ideal of the whole of Kosovo is membership of the European Union and a permanent friendship with the United States. I believe and I am convinced our dreams will come true," she said in her first speech to parliament straight after her election. Kosovo, which proclaimed in...

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