Analysis 06 Sep 17

Staying Power of Kosovo’s New Government Doubted

As a disparate group of parties finally form a coalition government in Kosovo, opposition leaders and experts question its strength and durability.

Perparim Isufi, Taulant Osmani
BIRN
Pristina
Ramush Haradinaj. Photo: BETAPHOTO/ARMENIJA/ZAJMI/BESEVIC/DS

A day after the Kosovo political leaders Kadri Veseli, Ramush Haradinaj and Fatmir Limaj signed a coalition agreement with the tycoon-turned-politician Behgjet Pacolli, opposition parties and some analysts say they doubt the fragile new government will be able to take major decisions.

The coalition, led by the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, including Haradinaj’s Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, and Limaj’s Initiative for Kosovo, NISMA, signed a deal on Monday night with the small New Alliance for Kosovo party to form a government.

The deal appeared to end almost three months of political deadlock over the formation of a government following the inconclusive June 11 parliamentary election.

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