Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Kosovo parliament approves new prime minister

Former student activist Bajram Kosumi was voted in on Wednesday as prime minister of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian interim government.

The parliament of the United Nations-administered province approved 45-year-old Kosumi by 71 votes to 36, making him leader in the year that the U.N. is to open talks on Kosovo's status and potential independence after almost six years in limbo.

Kosumi is the handpicked successor of ex-prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, 36, the former Kosovo Liberation Army commander who resigned earlier this month to answer charges of war crimes at the Hague tribunal.

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