New parliament of Kosovo surrounded by many unknowns

New parliament of Kosovo surrounded by many unknowns

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, July 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Today (17.07) the new parliament of Kosovo, which came out of the early parliamentary elections of June 8, is expected to convene in its first session. But, the election of the leading structures of the parliament, which is in the order of the day, may lead to problems.

Last week, the old steering committee of the parliament of Kosovo, without the Democratic Party, determined the coalition between Democratic League, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Incentive for Kosovo as the biggest parliamentary group.

Based on this decision, in the first parliament session, this group has the right to propose the speaker of parliament.

But, the Democratic Party, which was the party that won the majority of votes in the elections, doesn’t agree with this.

Leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci says that the new institutions will be established in full compliance with the result of the June 8 elections, which according to him, reflects the will of the people.

But, opposition coalition between LDK, AAK and INCENTIVE say that they have the necessary numbers to establish the institutions.

Meanwhile, IBNA learns that Self Determination will vote the candidate of the opposition bloc for the new speaker of parliament.

Meanwhile, leader of AAK, Ramush Haradinaj hopes that today, minority parties will back opposition coalition.

This coalition, along with Self Determination have vowed that they will refuse any potential invitation made by the Democratic Party for the formation of the new government of Kosovo.

Political analyst, Vilhard Shala told IBNA that the first parliament session may be tensioned, as there’s a risk for the country to head to extraordinary elections.

“We may have a situation whereby parliament structures do not function and this may lead to the risk of early elections”, declared Shala.

He hopes in the intervention of the international factor in Pristina to overcome conflicting situations in today’s parliament session.

Meanwhile, professor of constitutional law, Fatos Rushiti told IBNA that in the first parliament session, parties must respect the decision of the steering committee, regulation and Constitution of Kosovo.

“The decision of parliament’s steering committee must be respected. Otherwise, if there are tendencies to divert from this agenda, this will breach procedures which have been enshrined in the regulation of the parliament of Kosovo”, said Rushiti.

According to him, every tendency or other tactic that political parties come up to change today’s parliamentary agenda, may be at the detriment of the country.

He says that if the most senior MP in parliament, Flora Brovina, proposes a candidate from the party that she belongs to, PDK, as speaker of parliament and if this candidate cannot secure the necessary votes, the process would be blocked and the country may head to extraordinary elections.

“This, due to the fact that the Constitution doesn’t explain what happens if the candidate from the party or winning pre election coalition doesn’t secure the 61 one necessary votes. I believe that the lack of clarity in the Constitution is a source of this political crisis”, says Rushiti.

Analysts say that different scenarios which make the election of the new speaker impossible, are in store. /ibna/