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Pacolli Dumps LDK Alliance to End Kosovo Deadlock

Kosovo New Alliance chief Behgjet Pacolli on Monday said his party had parted ways with its pre-election ally, the LDK, leaving the door open to join forces with the rival PDK-led coalition and so form a government.

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 Behgjet Paccolli and former Kosovo PM Isa Mustafa signed the coalition deal on May 12. Photo: Facebook.

Kosovo PDK-led coalition signed a deal on Monday with the small New Alliance for Kosovo party to form a government, ending almost three months of political deadlock after the June 11 election.

"This coalition will push processes forward. We have many challenges to overcome and they will be overcome only by understanding, with positive energy and work," Kosovo New Alliance chief Behgjet Pacolli said after the deal was signed.

Earlier on Monday, following a crunch meeting with Isa Mustafa, acting Prime Minister and leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, Behgjet Pacolli announced that his party's alliance with the LDK was now over.

“We have concluded all the contractual obligations we have had with LDK. Our ways now are parted,” Pacolli told journalists.

The process of appointing a parliamentary speaker, which will open the way for the President to give a mandate to the Prime Minister, has been blocked since June in Kosovo, since the inconclusive result of the general election.

This is because the coalition that won the most seats, made up of the Kosovo Democratic Party, PDK, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK and the Initiative for Kosovo, NISMA – has hesitated to nominate a candidate owing to its lack of a majority in parliament.

The coalition has only 39 out of the 61 seats needed to form a majority in the 120-seat Kosovo parliament.

With the 20 votes of the non-Albanian MPs allegedly also on board, the coalition still needs two more votes to move forward with the proposal. Pacolli’s party has four seats.

Because the PDK-led coalition came first in the June 11 elections, it has the legal right to propose a candidate for the post of speaker of parliament.

While announcing the end of his partnership with the LDK, Pacolli pointedly did not exclude the possibility of joining the other, PDK-led, side.

“We are now free to act… Any moment can create new situations,” he said confirming that later on Monday he intended to meet the joint PDK-AAK-NISMA candidate for the post of Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj.

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