Analysis 03 Aug 17

Clock Starts Ticking for Kosovo’s Next Government

The countdown to the deadline for Kosovo to form a new government will begin the moment the new parliament starts work, but political parties are still struggling to secure a ruling majority.

Arben Qirezi
BIRN
Pristina
Kosovo parliament. Photo: Kallxo

The constitutive session of the Kosovo Assembly on Thursday marks the beginning of the countdown towards a deadline for Kosovo to form a new government or go for another snap election.

Once the Assembly is constituted with a new speaker, the president of Kosovo will be able to appoint a candidate for prime minister, who will then have 15 days to have his or her cabinet approved by the assembly.

If the first prime ministerial candidate is not approved, the second nominee has ten days to get the approval of a majority in the Assembly. Otherwise, new elections would have to be called in 40 days.

No single party emerged with a clear majority Kosovo’s elections on June 11, so the strongest coalition, PAN, is trying to secure at least two votes from MPs from other parties in order to appoint both the parliamentary speaker and the prime minister.

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