Kosovo: Political crisis amidst protests and dialogue

Kosovo: Political crisis amidst protests and dialogue

Pristina, 4 January 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The political crisis will continue even during 2016. Opposition in Kosovo has warned for a massive protest against government policies on 9 January in Pristina.

Although it was believed that the ruling of the Constitutional Court on the principles of the Association of Serb Communes would reduce tension, this wasn’t the case.

General secretary of Incentive for Kosovo, a party of the opposition, Bilall Sherifi, considers the protest of 9 January as the start of the opposition action to contest the agreements and overthrow the government.

“After the ruling of the Constitutional Court, the government no longer enjoys legitimacy to be in office and even less, to represent the country again in the talks with Serbia. Therefore, there is no other alternative but early elections”, Sherifi said.

Deputy chairman of Self Determination, Driton Caushi, says that the protests of the opposition will continue until the government is overthrown.

“Today, we remind the government that the Association has been overthrown and that the citizens of Kosovo only expect one thing, the government to step down. Otherwise, we will hold protests until the government is overthrown”, he says.

On the other hand, the government refuses to renegotiate the agreement, “assuring” that it will restore the spirit of Constitution through the government decree and the statute of the Association of Serb Communes.

Speaker of Parliament, Kadri Veseli, demands from the opposition to sit on the table of talks in order to solve the political crisis.

“Now, more than ever, we must restore political and institutional dialogue. There are many possibilities to do this. I invite everyone, first of all the opposition, to move forward in this direction. Citizens of Kosovo expect this much from us”, he said.

According to him, the recent ruling of the Constitutional Court marks a new and important moment for the political arena and makes room for reflection.

British ambassador to Pristina doesn’t see protests and violence as democratic instruments in solving the political crisis.

He thinks that this situation can be overcome through dialogue between all political forces in the country.

“We have backed the idea of dialogue, because Kosovo must have a long term strategy and vision for its future. The country has set up its institutions. For me, this is not worthy undoing for a political issue. Let them use the institutions of Kosovo in order to come out of this situation”, he said. /ibna/