Opposition in Kosovo lets off teargas inside of parliament

Opposition in Kosovo lets off teargas inside of parliament

Pristina, 19 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Parliament of Kosovo gathered today but the opposition let off teargas inside its premises, thus suspending proceedings.

In a speech in front of MPs, leader of Self Determination, Visar Ymeri demanded the resignation of the government. He pledged that along with the citizens, the opposition will not allow this coalition to govern the country.

“This regime is trying to hold on to power through the use of force. Hundreds of citizens have signed a petition and have held protests against the Association of Serb Communes and Demarcation with Montenegro”, Ymeri said.

“This is the end of this government”, leader of the opposition party declared.

On the other hand, deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci considered today’s events as a primitive behavior.

“I believe that this is a continuation of the ugly and primitive behavior of the opposition. There’s no power that can stop the normal proceedings of institutions and this situation will be overcome”, Thaci declared.

Thaci invited both the majority and opposition to calm down.

Meanwhile, parliament of Kosovo continues to be surrounded by a large number of police forces, while a large number of opposition supporters who are demanding the government’s resignation are outside of it.

Deputy chairman of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Ahmet Isufi, who has joined protesters in front of parliament, said that the citizens do not accept the two agreements that cause serious damages to the state of Kosovo.

“Six months ago, this government was asked not to sign these agreements and now, they must leave along with the agreements”, he said.

Opposition parties are demanding the government’s resignation and the holding of early elections, after the ruling of the Constitutional Court on the agreement reached with Serbia over the Association with Serb Communes.

In December of last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that several parts of this agreement violate the Constitution of Kosovo. Opposition also contests the agreement reached with Montenegro on the border demarcation. /ibna/