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Allies Unite to Topple Thaci Govt in Kosovo

The Democratic League of Kosovo, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Nisma have announced a coalition to form a new government, toppling Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.

Edona Peci
BIRN
Pristina

Agim Veliu, from the Democratic League of Kosovo, said the LDK, Ramush Haradinaј’s Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, and Fatmir Limaj’s Nisma per Kosoven [Initiative for Kosovo] had agreed to unite to form a new government in Kosovo.

“Ramush Haradinaj is our nominee for prime minister, the office of president - in line with the constitution - and speaker of parliament will belong to the LDK, while Nisma will have one deputy prime minister,” Veliu said on Tuesday.

The announcement caused shock in the Kosovo capital, where all eyes on forming a new government were on Hashim Thaci's ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo.

The PDK most votes in Sunday's general election. It won 30 per cent of the vote and will hold around 36 seats in parliament.

The LDK, led by Isa Mustafa, won 25.75 per cent of the votes, taking 30 seats, while Ramush Haradinaj’s AAK won 9.61 per cent of the votes, giving it 13 seats.

The new Nisma per Kosoven [Initiative for Kosovo] established by two PDK defectors, Fatmir Limaj and Jakup Krasniqi, will be the newest party in parliament. In the election it just passed the threshold, winning 5.24 per cent of the votes. It is expected to have six or seven seats.

Albin Kurti’s nationalistic Vetevendosje movement won 13.51 per cent of the votes.

It remains unclear whether Vetevendosje will be part of the announced coalition, which will need Kurti’s support to control 61 votes in parliament, which is the minimum necessary to form a government.

Vetevendosje does not have to join the new government, but must support the coalition between the AAK, LDK and Nisma and vote for it in parliament.

The additional numbers that the announced coalition needs can be achieved by including Serbian parties, which will have ten guaranteed seats, and other minorities, which will also have ten seats in parliament.

“We are also talking to other parties, the Vetevendosje Movement included, and parties of other communities in order to see how this agreement can be achieved,” Ardian Gjini from the AAK said.

The LDK, AAK and Nisma said they had united to form a “government of restoring hope”, which will “focus on economic prosperity, creating new jobs and the fight against organized crime and corruption,” the agreement signed by Haradinaj, Mustafa and Limaj said.

At an urgent press conference, Vetevendosje said it not been part of the deal to topple the PDK, "but it has discussed it with other parties in order to disable the establishment of Thaci's third government”, Albin Kurti, the party leader, said.

Kurti set two conditions for Vetevendosje to support the new coalition. One was for EU-led talks with Serbia to come to halt and another was an end to privatization process. "We want a written agreement on this, otherwise there will be no such deal,” he said.

Under the constitution, after the elections, the President of Kosovo proposes the candidate for prime minister to parliament in consultation with political parties or with the coalition that has won the majority in the parliament.

The constitution also lay down that a political entity representing the Kosovo Serbs should be part of the government coalition with at least one ministerial post. The Belgrade-backed Srpska list won 4.17 per cent in the election, but it is likely to have ten seats, which is the number guaranteed for the Serbs in the parliament.

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