Opposition reaches an agreement, Haradinaj to become PM

Opposition reaches an agreement, Haradinaj to become PM

IBNA Special Report/ Haradinaj: Yes, I shall be the next prime minister of Kosovo. Agreement between opposition parties, constitutional or anti-constitutional!?

Pristina, June 10, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Opposition parties in Kosovo, Democratic League of Kosovo, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Incentive for Kosovo have reached an agreement today about the formation of the new government of the country.

Based on this document, which has been signed between the head of LDK, Isa Mustafa, head of AAK, Ramush Haradinaj and Fatmir Limaj, head of the Incentive, the next prime minister of the country will be Ramush Haradinaj.

The head of LDK, Isa Mustafa will follow the current president of the country once her term in office expires, while the Incentive will hold other key posts in the government.

With this agreement, Hashim Thaci goes to opposition.

Agreement between opposition parties, constitutional or anti-constitutional!?

After opposition parties struck a deal to govern the country, a debate has been sparked if today’s agreement is in accordance to the Constitution of Kosovo or not.

Vice chairman of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Hajredin Kuci said that the attempts of the opposition to block the party which ranked first in the elections and to form a government between opposition parties, are futile because Constitution of Kosovo doesn’t allow such thing.

“This is a violation of the Constitution. They must read it, if they haven’t read it until now”, said Kuci.

Meanwhile, political analyst, Naim Rashiti told IBNA that such agreement is not anti-constitutional.

He says that president Jahjaga would break the Constitution if she mandates Thaci to form the government, following the agreement of the opposition leaders.

“After the elections, the president of the Republic of Kosovo proposes to parliament the prime minister nominee, following consults with the political party or coalition which has won the necessary majority in parliament to form the government. The necessary majority is 61 votes. It’s not possible to consider this as the party which has received the majority of votes, if it hasn’t won 61 seats in parliament. In contrast to the practice introduced by president Sejdiu according to which the person mandated to form the government must be named before the majority in parliament is officially formed, the fact that Self Determination has backed LDK to form the government, changes this situation drastically. Therefore, it’s possible for the party or the biggest coalition which doesn’t have majority in parliament, not to be mandated”, says Rashiti.

Following this situation, Rashiti says that the president would violate the Constitution if she mandated Hashim Thaci for the post of prime minister, before the latter shows through a coalition agreement that he has the necessary majority to form the government.

Haradinaj: Yes, I shall be the next prime minister of Kosovo

Leader of Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, has commented the agreement signed between the three opposition leaders, Isa Mustafa from LDK, Fatmir Limaj from the Incentive for Kosovo and himself.

“Today, Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and Incentive, have joined forced and decided to give the country a government which would restore hope. This government will focus on economic development, creation of new jobs, fight against organized crime and corruption. The government will work in order to make the country a NATO and EU member”, declared Haradinaj.

He said that based on these agreements, “we have decided for me to become the joint nominee for prime minister”.

“The post of speaker of parliament must be occupied by the Democratic League of Kosovo and the president of Republic too. The Incentive will be represented with one deputy prime minister. All other political and institutional responsibilities will be divided based on the political strength in parliament. We are engaged to continue consults with the other part of the opposition and minority parties”, added he. /ibna/