Kosovo: LVV gathers 80 MPs for Presidential voting

Kosovo: LVV gathers 80 MPs for Presidential voting

The Vetëvendosje Movement has received the confirmation of 80 deputies regarding their participation in the Assembly meeting for the election of a new president.

Head of the Vetëvendosje parliamentary group Mimoza Kusari-Lila said the ruling party had received confirmation from 80 lawmakers that they would take part in the voting process to elect their candidate Vjosa Osmani as Kosovo’s new president, according to Gazeta Express.

“We have the confirmation of 80 deputies that they will willingly participate in the vote of the new president. I do not know what they will vote,” Kusari-Lila said.

The Vetëvendosje Movement has collected signatures from lawmakers calling for an extraordinary session of the Assembly to pass a bill on general elections, allowing the Kosovar diaspora to exercise its right to vote at embassies and consulates. Kusari-Lila said they would insist on passing the law first and convening another emergency meeting to vote for the president at a later time. Kusari-Lila recalled that, in case of failure to elect a President, Kosovo will hold new early elections.

According to the Constitution, the President of Kosovo shall be elected by a two-thirds majority of all members of the Assembly. If a two-thirds majority (2/3) is not reached by any candidate in the first two ballots, a runoff shall be held between the two candidates who received the highest number of votes. The candidate that will garner the majority of all members of the Assembly will be elected President of the Republic of Kosovo. If neither of the candidates is elected President of the Republic of Kosovo in the third ballot, the Assembly shall be dissolved and new elections shall be held within forty-five days. /ibna