Kosovo: political crisis between majority and opposition deepens

Kosovo: political crisis between majority and opposition deepens

Pristina, 18 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The political crisis in Kosovo continues to deepen. Opposition and majority are not able to come to an agreement about a possible solution.

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa has issued a negative response to the calls of the opposition for resignation, by saying that power cannot be won through protests.

“The opposition has imposed several deadlines and they can continue to impose deadlines until 10 June 2018, when the normal elections are held. We will not even ponder on their deadlines, because we have many other urgent needs concerning the citizens that we must deliver. We must strengthen the state, the economy and enter the EU”, Mustafa declared.

Mustafa invited the opposition to return to parliament and work together in the best interest of the state.

Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci said that the country has legitimate institutions which continue their work.

“As far as ultimatums are concerned, we have no intention on heeding them. We respect the will of the citizens of Kosovo”, Thaci said.

Leader of Self Determination, Visar Ymeri said that the opposition will only accept one decision from the government of Kosovo, the decision to resign.

“27 February is the last deadline for this government. It should use this time to leave. The only decision that we accept is the decision to leave. If early elections are not declared within this period, our protests will not stop”, Ymeri said.

Meanwhile, experts of political developments in Kosovo told IBNA that the resignation and early elections are the only possibility to resolve the crisis.

Prominent academic from Kosovo Rexhep Qosja says that the current government is politically and legally violating the Constitution of Kosovo.

“If the responsibility is only political, then those who have violated the Constitution must either resign or be removed from office. If the responsibility is political, then the violators of the Constitution must be held criminally responsible”, he said.

Analyst Vilhard Shala says that a large number of citizens are backing the cause of the opposition for the resignation of the government.

“Around 100 thousand citizens demanded on Wednesday the abrogation of the Brussels’ agreements and the resignation of the government. I believe that the majority must reflect and opposition’s protests must intensify. The destabilization of the country is not ruled out in these circumstances. The best solution is to announce new elections for a new political legitimacy”, Shala said.

The opposition’s protests have started months ago, in order to contest the agreement between Kosovo and Serbia signed in Brussels on 25 August 2015, for the creation of the Association of Serb Communes and the agreement with Montenegro for the border demarcation. /ibna/