Is Kosovo heading to early elections?

Is Kosovo heading to early elections?

Opposition parties in Kosovo see fresh parliamentary elections as the only solution to the political crisis. Meanwhile, the majority says that this governing coalition is stable and that it will run the country until 2018.

Pristina, 7 January 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The head of the Self Determination parliamentary group, Glauk Konjufca, says that the current government has lost its legitimacy, because with the Agreement on the Association of Serb Communes, it has violated the Constitution of Kosovo.

“The protests that will start on January 9 aim at overthrowing the government and hold free and democratic elections. We don’t want to seize power through violence, but through a democratic process”, Konjufca said.

On the other hand, prime minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, has ruled out the possibility of fresh elections.

“We don’t intend on resigning or holding fresh elections, because elections will only be held in 2018. We have a strong and stable coalition and we will fully implement our political platform”, Mustafa said.

Meanwhile analyst Naim Rashiti from the Balkan Group for Policies says that the elections are an option for the solution of the crisis, but in the current situation, it’s impossible to hold them within a short period of time.

“I don’t see any ground for elections, because parties in power have a considerable majority. They will not allow elections, although a part of the institutions are non functional”, Rashiti said.

Opposition parties: Self Determination, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Incentive for Kosovo, have warned that they will continue to make efforts and oppose the policies of the governing coalition. /ibna/