news 05 Feb 13

Kosovo PM Snubs Coalition with Haradinaj

The Democratic Party of Kosovo has declined to invite the opposition Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, to enter the ruling coalition.

Donjete Hoxha
Pristina

A meeting between Hashim Thaci, Prime Minister of Kosovo and head of the PDK, and Ramush Haradinaj, chief of the AAK, on Monday dashed the latter's hopes of entering the government.

Since his acquittal last year by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, Haradinaj and the AAK had expressed readiness to form a coalition with the PDK, with Haradinaj possibly becoming Prime Minister himself.

“During the meeting no agreement was achieved for a coalition in the current circumstances", the PDK said tersely after the talks ended. 

The disappointed AAK stressed that it intended to continue contributing to the EU-led dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, to the question of electoral reform and to the integration of Kosovo into the European Union.

Haradinaj has been widely seen as an opposition leader in the Kosovo Assembly, where his party has 11 out of the 120 seats.

“As an opposition party, the AAK will use all political mechanisms for improving the life of Kosovo citizens… and ensuring long-term political and economic stability,” the AAK said.

The PDK is currently governing the country with Begjet Pacolli’s New Kosovo Alliance and some minority parties.

Local elections in Kosovo are scheduled for autumn of 2013, and general elections for the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015.

The country has to complete electoral reforms and prepare a new law on elections by then.

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