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First Female Elected President
On April 7, 2011, Atifete Jahjaga, a former deputy director of the Kosovo police, became the first woman president of Kosovo. She received 80 votes, with no votes against her, in the parliament session. The 35-year-old also became the youngest president elected and the first non-partisan candidate. Before Jahjaga's election, the presidency went through a period on instability. Fatmir Sejdiu resigned from the presidency on September 27, 2010, leaving Jakup Krasniqi to serve as active president. On February 22 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected president by the parliament, but Pacolli left the position less than six weeks later. Jakup Krasniqi was again acting president until Jahjaga was elected.
Jahjaga will serve for one year. At that time, a constitutional reform will allow for a popular vote for the president in 2012. During her inaugural address, Jahjaga stated that her main goal was to secure Kosovo's membership in the United Nations and the European Union. Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi could prove to be a major hurdle in this goal. In December 2010, a two-year international inquiry by the Council of Europe named Thaçi as the boss of the Drenica group, an organized crime network, which was involved in heroin trade, a black market in human organs, and six secret detention centers in Albania. Kosovo denounced the findings and Thaçi denied the allegations. While the Council of Europe is separate from the European Union, the inquiry's findings could influence Kosovo's standing with the European Union and the United Nations.