Kosovo’s new president took office, becoming the country’s youngest head of state and one of the youngest in the world.
Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, 38, was elected to a five-year term on Sunday by Kosovo’s Assembly, or Parliament, making her the Balkan nation’s second female leader in the post-war period.
Ms Osmani-Sadriu took office on Tuesday in a ceremony with a guard of honour.
Acting President Glauk Konjufca handed over the country’s constitution, avoiding a more formal ceremony due to the pandemic.
She replaced Hashim Thaci, who resigned after facing charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special court based in The Hague.
Thaci was a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s war for independence from Serbia in the late 1990s.
The post of Kosovo’s president is largely ceremonial, but she also plays a leading role in foreign policy and as the commander of the armed forces.
Kosovo became independent in 2008.
It is recognised by more than 100 countries but not by Serbia or Serbian allies like Russia and China.