Hashim Thaci will quit Kosovo politics at end of Presidential term

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After more than 20 years spent in Kosovo’s political arena, President Hashim Thaci on Thursday announced that he will no longer be involved in politics once his mandate ends in April next year.

I will not be a candidate for president in the upcoming elections,” Thaci assured Albanian TV station Syri TV on Thursday evening, adding that he would quit politics at a time when the “country is on the right path”.

According to Thaci, “it is enough after two decades of political responsibility,” adding that he wants to have “another life, outside political and institutional life.”

Thaci was elected President on February 26, 2016, and took his oath on April 7, starting a five-year term.

Before becoming President, Thaci had held numerous senior political positions in Kosovo. Born in the Drenica region in 1968, Thaci studied in Pristina and Zurich, where he became involved in separatist activity against the then Serbian regime.

via Balkan Insight / Pristina Insight 

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