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Hashim Thaci sworn in as president of Kosovo

Protesters tried to disrupt the ceremony in Pristina by letting off tear gas canisters

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Hashim Thaci sworn in as president of Kosovo

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I am the ordinary president of a nation of heroes

  • Protesters let off tear gas at ceremony
  • Inauguration goes ahead as planned
  • “I am the ordinary president of a nation of heroes” – Hashim Thaci

  • The news

    Opposition supporters in Kosovo have set off tear gas in a bid to disrupt the inauguration ceremony of the country’s new president.

    The Self Determination Movement Party admitted its members had planned the incident.

    Eyewitnesses say several were detained by the police at the ceremony in Skanderberg Square in Pristina.

    It went ahead without interruption, despite an opposition boycott.

    The inauguration ceremony

    The inauguration went ahead without interruption, despite an opposition boycott.

    47-year-old Hashim Thaci has been sworn in.

    He previously served as the country’s first prime minister following its separation from Serbia in 2008.

    The context

    There have been protests since last September over a deal signed between Kosovo and Serbia which gives more powers to the ethnic Serb community.

    There is also disagreement over a border demarcation agreement with Montenegro.

    In tweets

    Opposition supporters let off tear gas canisters at Kosovan president’s inauguration

    Hashim Thaci is sworn in as president of Kosovo

    Protesters let off tear gas in Kosovan parliament in earlier protests