IBNA Special Report
Pristina, May 13, 20014/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and Alliance for the Future of Kosovo are expected to run together in the June 8 early elections.
Quoting sources from LDK, IBNA news agency informs that in the recent hours, negotiations have been held between the two main opposition parties, in order to send the party of prime minister Thaci to opposition.
“We’re holding intensive negotiations with senior officials of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo. These days, we’re expected to finalize the pre electoral coalition. In principle, we have agreed for the future prime minister of Kosovo to be our leader, Isa Mustafa, while the leader of AAK must be supported by LDK’s voters for the president post”, told a senior official of LDK to IBNA news agency.
Nevertheless, he claims that the talks are not easy, because the leader of AAK, Ramush Haradinaj has demanded a high number of ministries.
In the latest elections for the local government, Democratic League of Kosovo won over 235 thousand votes, while the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo won 120 thousand votes.
Officials from both opposition parties believe that a pre electoral coalition would be the main formula to send prime minister Thaci to opposition, the party of whom had won over 237 thousand votes.
Meanwhile, the leader of the New Kosovo Alliance, deputy prime minister, Behghet Pacolli has openly expressed his readiness to collaborate with the leader of LDK, Isa Mustafa.
Both leaders met late last evening and decided for a strong cooperation between the two political parties.
“Following Monday’s meeting between leader of LDK, Isa Mustafa and leader of AKR, Behgjet Pacolli, LDK and AKR have agreed in principle that the programs of both sides are similar and guarantee the development of Kosovo”, a LDK official said.
“LDK and AKR will compete separately in the elections, while the details of the joint governance will be made concrete in the days to come”, said the same sources.
The largest opposition party in Kosovo has now officially withdrawn from a possible coalition with the Democratic Party of Kosovo.
The mayor of Istog and vice chairman of the Democratic League of Kosovo, Haki Rugova has further stressed that there will not be a coalition with the Democratic Party of Kosovo.
Rugova has rejected rumors that after the June 8 elections, his party will enter a coalition with PDK, preferring a coalition with a smaller party.
“This has been declared by PDK, in order to damage LDK. It’s a known fact that we will not enter a coalition with PDK, not because we consider it to be our arch enemy, but because it’s our primary rival and because we’re convinced that Kosovo cannot be government with a coalition like that. LDK will always govern with smaller parties which have a similar program to LDK”, declared Haki Rugova.
Rugova has justified the lack of cooperation with PDK with what he considers to be the failure in the government led by PDK. /ibna/