President

Is the head of the state and represents the unity of the people of the Republic of Kosovo.

Any citizen of the Republic of Kosovo, who is thirty five years (35) or older may be elected President of the Republic of Kosovo. The President is elected by the Assembly, in secret ballot. The election of the President of the Republic of Kosovo shall take place no later than thirty (30) days before the end of the current President’s term of office. The President is elected by a two thirds (2/3) majority of all the deputies of the Assembly.

The President of the Republic of Kosovo begins his/her term after taking the oath before the Assembly of Kosovo.  The text of the oath is provided by law. The President’s term of office is five (5) years. Upon completion of his/her term of office the President may be reelected only once. The President can not exercise any other public function. After the election, the President can not exercise any political party functions.


Competencies of the President of the Republic of Kosovo:

  1. Represents the Republic of Kosovo internally and externally
  2. Guarantees constitutional functioning of the institutions set forth by this Constitution
  3. Announces elections for the Assembly of Kosovo and convenes its first meeting
  4. Issues decrees in accordance with this Constitution
  5. Promulgates laws approved by the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo
  6. Has the right to return adopted laws for reconsideration, if he/she considers that they are harmful to the legitimate interests or one or more communities. This right can be exercised only once per law
  7. Signs international agreements in accordance with this Constitution
  8. Proposes amendments to this Constitution
  9. May refer constitutional questions to the Constitutional Court
  10. Leads the foreign policy of the country
  11. Receives credentials of heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the Republic of Kosovo
  12. Is the Commander in Chief of the Kosovo Security Force
  13. Leads the Consultative Council for Communities
  14. Appoints the candidate for Prime Minister for the establishment of the Government, after proposal by the political party or coalition holding the majority in the Assembly
  15. Appoints and dismisses the President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kosovo upon the proposal of the Kosovo Judicial Council
  16. Appoints and dismisses judges of the Republic of Kosovo upon the proposal of the Kosovo Judicial Council
  17. Appoints and dismisses the Chief Prosecutor of the Republic of Kosovo upon the proposal of the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council
  18. Appoints and dismisses prosecutors of the Republic of Kosovo upon the proposal of the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council
  19. Appoints judges to the Constitutional Court upon the proposal of the Assembly
  20. Appoints the Commander of Kosovo Security Force upon recommendation of the Prime minister
  21. Jointly with the Prime minister appoints the Director, Deputy Director and Inspector General of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency
  22. Decides to declare a State of Emergency in consultation with the Prime Minister
  23. May request meetings of the Kosovo Security Council and chairs them during a State of Emergency
  24. Decides on the establishment of diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Kosovo in consultation with the Prime Minister
  25. Appoints and dismisses heads of diplomatic missions of the Republic of Kosovo upon the proposal of the Government
  26. Appoints the Chair of the Central Election Commission
  27. Appoints the Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo, who also acts as its Managing Director, and appoints the other members of the Bank’s Board
  28. Grants medals, titles of gratitude, and awards in accordance with the law
  29. Grants individual pardons in accordance with the law
  30. Addresses the Assembly of Kosovo at least once a year in regard to her/his scope of authority.

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