Ramush Haradinaj served as Kosovo's PM for three months before resigning to face war crimes charges at a U.N. tribunal
Ramush Haradinaj, candidate for Prime Minister, speaks to media reporters after casting his ballot during the early parliamentary elections Pristina, Kosovo, Sunday, June 11, 2017. Voters in Kosovo have started to cast their ballots in an early general election for the new 120-seat parliament. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu), photo: AP/Visar Kryeziu
07 of September 2017 20:02:15
PRISTINA – Ramush Haradinaj, a divisive ex-prime minister of Kosovo and a former guerrilla fighter, was nominated Thursday as the country's new premier and tasked with creating a new Cabinet.President Hashim Thaci said on his Facebook page that he had issued a decree to give Haradinaj, leader of the center-right Alliance for the Future of Kosovo party, "the mandate to form the new government."The 49-year-old Haradinaj served as prime minister before for three months from December 2004 to March 2005 before resigning to face a U.N. tribunal for his role in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war for independence from Serbia. He is a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Haradinaj was eventually cleared twice of war crimes charges by the U.N. tribunal.Earlier Thursday, Parliament elected a new speaker three months after the country's June 11 election, approving Kadri Veseli of the Democratic Party of Kosovo in a 62-52 vote.