|5th President of Kosovo|
|Assumed office |
4 April 2021
|Prime Minister||Albin Kurti|
|Preceded by||Glauk Konjufca (Acting)|
5 November 2020 – 22 March 2021
|Prime Minister||Avdullah Hoti|
|Preceded by||Hashim Thaçi|
|Succeeded by||Glauk Konjufca (Acting)|
|6th Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo|
3 February 2020 – 22 March 2021
|Preceded by||Glauk Konjufca|
|Succeeded by||Glauk Konjufca|
17 May 1982
Titova Mitrovica, SFR Yugoslavia
(now Mitrovica, Kosovo)[a]
|Political party||Independent (2021–present)|
|Education||University of Pristina|
University of Pittsburgh (LLM, SJD)
|Profession||Politician and legal academic|
Raised in the divided city of Mitrovica, Osmani became a political activist and studied law in Pristina as well as in the United States in Pittsburgh. She worked as an advisor to the president of Kosovo before she was elected to the Assembly. Osmani held the position of Speaker of the Assembly from February 2020 to March 2021, and also served as acting president between November 2020 and March 2021 after the resignation of President Hashim Thaçi. Upon her election as president, Osmani became the youngest person and the second woman to hold the position, as well as also being the first person to have served as both acting president and president of Kosovo.
Early life and education
Vjosa Osmani was born on 17 May 1982 in Mitrovica, then a part of SFR Yugoslavia. She grew up with four siblings, and completed her primary and secondary education in her hometown. The Kosovo War occurred while Osmani was a teenager, and she stated that she "can still feel" the barrel of an AK-47 rifle that a soldier forced into her mouth after her home in Mitrovica had been raided.
Osmani earned her bachelor's degree in law from the University of Prishtina in Kosovo. She continued with graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Pitt Law), earning a master's degree in law in 2005 and a doctorate in juridical science in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation addressed the applicability of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) in Kosovo as Kosovo's legal status has evolved since 1988, when the CISG first entered into force.
Osmani's political career began in her teens, as an activist for the centre-right Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). On 27 August 2009, she was elected chief of staff for then-president Fatmir Sejdiu. Osmani had also served as legal counsel and foreign policy advisor to the president. She was a member of the Assembly of Kosovo for three terms, and once received the largest number of votes for a female politician in Kosovan parliamentary history.
Osmani contributed to the independence of Kosovo, as the president's representative for the Constitution Commission, the body that prepared the Kosovan constitution. She represented Kosovo in a case at the International Court of Justice, where she defended the legality of Kosovo's independence.
As part of her parliamentary duties, Osmani served as the chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Diaspora and Strategic Investments and the Committee on European Integration. She also served as the vice-chair of the Committee on Constitutional Reforms in Kosovo.
In 2014, Osmani clashed with LDK leadership, including party leader Isa Mustafa, when she criticized the LDK for forming a coalition government with its long-time rival party, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), breaking a previously made pledge. Osmani also boycotted the presidential election in 2016, in which PDK leader Hashim Thaçi was elected president as part of the coalition agreement.
Osmani was viewed as a possible prime minister of Kosovo by the LDK in the 2019 snap parliamentary election. While campaigning for the election, she said the Kosovan people were ready for a female prime minister, and that she could fight corruption and make free market reforms for Kosovo. She lost the election to Albin Kurti, leader of the left-wing anti-establishment party Vetëvendosje, and had received 176,016 votes.
On 20 June 2020, Osmani was removed from her position as her party's deputy leader, after LDK leader Mustafa called for her dismissal due to her public opposition of decisions made by the party. Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti replaced her as LDK deputy leader. Osmani later quit the LDK altogether on 7 September 2020, stating that the party had left her no choice, but adding that she would return if the party were reformed.
In 2020, Osmani was appointed acting president of Kosovo after President Thaçi resigned following an indictment by the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor's Office in The Hague.
In preparation for the 2021 Kosovan parliamentary election, Osmani announced the founding of her own political party, Guxo, on 2 January 2021. She also aligned with Kurti's Vetëvendosje party. Running on an anti-corruption platform, both parties scored landslide victories, and Osmani personally received more than 300,000 votes. The election also gave women a third of the 120-seat parliament and an unprecedented six positions out of fifteen in the cabinet.
In contrast, the LDK, Osmani's former party, did very poorly in the elections, as predicted by LDK members who had publicly criticized the earlier ouster of Osmani in 2020. The LDK lost roughly half of its seats in parliament, and party leader Mustafa resigned on 14 March.
On 4 April 2021, the assembly elected Osmani as Kosovo's president during its third round of voting. Although the election was boycotted by two opposition parties as well as a party representing the ethnic Serb minority in Kosovo, 82 members of the 120-seat parliament cast their votes during the second day of the extraordinary session.[b] She won 71 of the votes, while 11 votes were declared invalid, and was subsequently sworn in for a five-year term later that day, becoming Kosovo's second female president. Osmani said that she hoped to normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia, while also calling for Belgrade to apologize for the war that led to Kosovo's declaration of independence and to prosecute those who had committed war crimes.
|No.||Country||Date||Cities visited||Type of visit||Rf.|
|1||Albania||17 December 2020||Tirana||Official visit[d]|||
|2||Belgium||12–13 January 2021||Brussels||Official visit[d]|||
|3||Switzerland||2–5 March 2021||Bern||Official visit[d]|||
During Osmani's master's studies at the University of Pittsburgh, the university presented her with the Excellence for the Future Award twice. Later, in 2017, the university awarded her the Sheth International Achievement Award for her contribution to democracy and human rights.
Osmani has published books, articles, monographs and papers in the field of International and Commercial Law, in Albanian and English.
- Monograph: "Street Children in Kosovo"; Finnish Human Rights Program in Kosovo in Three Languages (English, Albanian, Serbian), 2004
- Arbitration - A Guide for Judges and Practitioners; USAID, 2008
- Bar Exam Manual - Section on Commercial Law; co-author; UNDP and Kosovo Chamber of Advocates, 2008
- Business Law - Authorized Lectures; Riinvest University, Kosovo, 2008
- The Big Impact of a Small Program on the Development of Rule of Law in Kosovo (in "The Export of Legal Education: Promoting and Impacting Transition Countries); Ashgate, 2009
- Representing Kosovo before the International Court of Justice; Center for International Legal Education (CILE Notes), September 2010, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
- Balkans - Foreign Affairs, Politics and Socio-Cultures (co-author of section of Kosovo's Foreign Policy); EPOKA University Publications, Tirana, October 2011; ISBN 978-9928-4044-4-2
- Kosovo's foreign policy: Five Years On (in "Political Thought: Foreign Policy and Aspects of International Diplomacy", co-author; 2011, No 43, September 2013; Konrad Adenauer Stiftung)
- The Role of Parliamentary Diplomacy in Shaping the Foreign Policy of the Republic of Kosovo; University of Pittsburgh, Law Review, except publication: FALL, 2014
- Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently (this note self-updates) recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.
- Boycotting the vote were opposition parties PDK and Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), as well as Serb minority party Serb List. It was also reported that one or two members of the aforementioned parties may not have adhered to the boycott.
- The Constitution of Kosovo precludes the president from acting as an official of any political party.
- As acting president
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- "Prindon Sadriu: Në MPJ jam punësuar para se të martohesha me Vjosa Osmanin" [Prindon Sadriu: I was employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before I married Vjosa Osmani]. Gazeta Express (in Albanian). 27 November 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
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- Callaghan, Louise (9 January 2021). "Shaped by Kosovo's war, Vjosa Osmani won't blink in her battle to cut out the rot". The Times. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
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- "CV" (PDF). juridiku.uni-pr.edu. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- "Vjosa Osmani | University Center for International Studies". www.ucis.pitt.edu. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
- "TREATY APPLICATION IN KOSOVO THROUGH RULES OF SUCCESSION AND AS DOMESTIC LAW: THE EXAMPLE OF THE CISG" (PDF). d-scholarship.pitt.edu. 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
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- "Kosovo to Elect New Parliament Amid Anger Over Graft, Unemployment". Voice of America. Reuters. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
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