Comment 13 Jun 17

Kosovo Faces Dilemma If Ex-Warriors Cannot Form Govt

If the grand coalition led by former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters fails to form a new government, President Hashim Thaci must decide whether to award a mandate to the opposition or push for new polls.

Yll Rugova
BIRN
Pristina
Supporters take a photo with PM candidate Ramush Haradinaj (centre) in Pristina on Monday. Photo: Visar Kryeziu

After 98 per cent of the votes had been counted in the snap general election in Kosovo, it was clear that a grand coalition of 14 parties, headed by the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, and the Initiative for Kosovo, NISMA, had come first in terms of the number of seats.

However, even though the coalition came first, it did not do well enough to form a government on its own, according to the current results. It only has 39 of the 120 seats in parliament, but needs a minimum of 41 to form a government (together with parties from minority communities that hold 20 seats).

Meanwhile, Vetevendosje (Self-Determination), which ran alone, came in second place with 30 seats, the same as the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, which came third in coalition together with four other parties.

If Vetevendosje or the LDK coalition do not join the PDK-AAK-NISMA coalition to form a government, there are not enough numbers to form a coalition with parties from minority communities, who have 20 seats.

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