H.E. Mr. Hashim Thaçi is the President of the Republic of Kosovo elected on 26 of February 2016 in the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo. He assumed the duty of the President on 7 April 2016, by giving his solemn oath before the Assembly of Kosovo. Before becoming the President, Thaçi was for a year as the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2014-2015), and served two terms as Prime Minister of Kosovo (2007-2014). Hashim Thaçi was the first President of the Democratic Party of Kosovo and was continuously re-elected as the President of the Party until his resignation on 26th of February 2016, before being elected the President of Kosovo. Hashim Thaçi has declared Kosovo an independent state on 17 February 2008, and he also led the Kosovo team in the Rambouillet negotiations in February 1999 and he was the Political Chief of the Kosovo Liberation Army during the war in 1997-1999. Thaçi was the most voted political leader in the elections of 8 June 2014. As the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi led the political dialogue between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia, which on 19 April 2013 resulted with the signing of the Agreement on Normalization of Relations between Kosovo and Serbia.For his engagement for peace and stability, Hashim Thaçi was nominated in 2014 for the Nobel Peace Prize, by American Congressmen and Senators, as well as by representatives for European Parliament.