Kosovo's parliment chooses country's president

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Posted: Feb 22, 2011 12:55 PM

Kosovo parliament has elected businessman Behgjet Pacolli as country's new president.

The 59-year-old Pacolli received 62 votes, with 4 votes against. Only 67 out of 120 lawmakers were present as most of the opposition members walked out Tuesday in protest over his nomination.

Pacolli was elected on the third attempt, after failing to secure at least 80 votes in the first two rounds of Tuesday voting as required by law.

He is the country's second president since Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008.

Pacolli signed a coalition deal with incumbent Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's who is to present his cabinet later today.