The Albanian parliament voted to appoint Bajram Begaj, the country’s head of defence, as its next president, a largely ceremonial office.
Begaj will hold the highest post in Albania for the next five years after receiving 78 affirmative votes out of a total of 140.
Major General Bajram Begaj, age 55, was appointed chief of defence for the Albanian armed forces in 2020, after holding various roles within the army, primarily in the medical department.
Begaj will succeed Ilir Meta as president of Albania in July. Following three failed attempts to achieve a consensus, he was elected after the fourth round of voting.
During the first three rounds of voting, a majority of three-fifths of the votes was required to elect the president.
Begaj was chosen with a simple majority by the ruling Socialist Party of Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Presidents have limited authority over the judiciary and the military, although their function is primarily symbolic.