Interview with the LDK member of parliament, Vjosa Osmani
In Kosovo, the debate on the new parliamentary elections is becoming more intensive and their holding looks closer than ever. Changes in the Electoral Code are expected to take place next January and in compliance with legal procedures, general elections take place 6 months after these changes. Democratic League of Kosovo MP, Vjosa Osmani says that the elections will be held at the end of summer or the start of fall. In the interview given to the IBNA journalist in Pristina, Tinka Kurti, Mrs. Osmani also talks about the local government elections which were recently held, explaining why LDK turned out to be the first political force in the country.
Interviewed by Tinka Kurti
Mrs. Osmani, how do you consider the general result of LDK in the local government elections?
Democratic League of Kosovo has made a comeback as the first political force in the country. If we look at the number of votes for heads of communes, we will see that we have an increase of 64 thousand votes and we turn out to be the most voted party in Kosovo. The party in power needed to enter in coalitions with minorities or other political parties to receive the number of votes that it received. Therefore, if we see the votes for each political party without considering the coalitions, LDK appears to have gained the largest number of votes. LDK is geographically expanded all over Kosovo with victories achieved in many communes of the country. I believe that this shows that trust on LDK has come back. Therefore, LDK has reason to believe on a victory in the next parliamentary elections.
What about the result in Pristina…?
LDK has also gained the largest number of votes in Pristina and has almost the double of the amount of councilors in the Communal Assembly of Pristina compared to the runner up as far as numbers are concerned. Although in the first round, the candidate of LDK had a better result, in the second round, all other parties joined forces. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that we don’t praise the work that has been done in the party branches. We must see where there’s a need for improvement and for more efforts. This is an evaluation that goes not only for Pristina, but also for other branches throughout Kosovo.
How do you think the results of the local government elections will affect in the next parliamentary elections?
These elections showed the strength of political parties in Kosovo, but what counts the most is the fact that when there’s a will by political parties to hold normal and fair elections, then they can be successful. This was an important message which will also be reflected in the general elections. Citizens of Kosovo have reasons to feel proud for this process and more work must be done in order to prevent the irregularities that we encountered in the local government elections from happening in the next parliamentary elections.
When do you think it’s the right time to hold these elections?
The holding of the parliamentary elections depends on the electoral reform. LDK believes that this reform must be completed as soon as possible, but this will be possible only if the Constitution is not touched and if the necessary changes are made through the Bill on the General Elections. If political parties agree for the reform to be carried out through changes in the law and not the Constitution, then everything may be finalized in the month of January and the elections can then be held during the summer or early fall, because the elections can be held no earlier than six months after the changes in the electoral law.
Mr. Mustafa lost the race for the mayor of Pristina. What happens now…?
Mr. Mustafa is preparing LDK for a victory in the general elections.
There have been reports that several branches of LDK in Pristina have requested the resignation of the leader of your party, Isa Mustafa. Have there been discussions within LDK about Mustafa or any other leader of LDK?
No, such thing has not taken place. In fact, all the meetings that Isa Mustafa has had with the branches of LDK have been dominated by a positive atmosphere and willingness to strengthen and contribute more for the general elections. If we’re talking about resignations, then we should see the resignation of other political leaders, who have lost in almost all communes and have dropped by 50% in the number of votes gained in the latest local government elections. LDK is now talking about victory, more votes and the work that must be done in order to win the general elections.
How do you think the electorate and public opinion received the arrival of two independent MPs in the LDK during the electoral campaign, Alma Lama MP and Muhamet Mustafa MP?
Their arrival is welcomed by the electorate of LDK and in fact, we have had a very good cooperation with Mrs. Lama and Mr. Mustafa. This cooperation even existed before they joined LDK. LDK not only has two more MPs, but more quality and expertise.
What issues is LDK focused on in its internal functioning and Parliament?
We’re now expecting written reports from all branches to see where there’s been more work and where there’s a need for adjustments. The activity in all branches continues in order for engagement in the victory of the next elections to be at a maximum level. The parliamentary group will continue to reflect the positioning of LDK in different spheres and as you may know, we have been recently facing many unlawful decisions taken by the government, which we are actively contesting. For as long as this parliament has a mandate, we will continue to fulfill our constitutional duty which includes monitoring the work of the government and to seek explanations for the decisions that it takes. /ibna/