Kosovo: Debate on fresh parliamentary elections opens again

Kosovo: Debate on fresh parliamentary elections opens again

Pristina, 20 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Although current institutions of Kosovo are only in the midterm of their constitutional mandate, the topic of early elections is becoming more and more current.

Fall of this year is considered to be an optimal time when the country can hold fresh elections.

Opposition parties believe that Kosovo must hold early elections, in order to solve the political crisis.

Leader of AAK, Ramush Haradinaj says that the elections are the only alternative to overcome the political crisis.

“This government has made many mistakes and has signed agreements that threaten the sovereignty of the state. Promises for economic development and wellbeing have not been delivered. This is why we demand for the country to hold fresh elections”, Haradinaj says.

In order to strengthen his party’s position, Haradinaj has signed a pre electoral agreement with the Incentive for Kosovo.

Self Determination has also started to make preparations for new elections. This political party has presented its program “Opposition’s Alternative” and will continue to show its resistance to the government until elections are announced.

“The Alternative aims at joining all political parties, unions, organizations and public people who share similar principles with the members of the Alternative in order to create a wide social front which will offer Kosovo a way out of the general economic-political crisis that has engulfed the country”, declared Ylli Hoxha of Self Determination.

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa has commented the coalition between the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Incentive for Kosovo and the Alternative of Self Determination, by declaring that the elections will only be held in 2018.

“We are open for a coalition with AAK-Incentive and also with Self Determination, but there will only be elections in 2018”, Mustafa said.

Meanwhile, political analyst Halil Matoshi told IBNA that although there have been disagreements between opposition parties, it is not likely for elections to be held in the near future, while he doesn’t rule out the possibility for elections to be called in the fall of this year. /balkaneu.com/