PM Mustafa promises economic development and rule of law

PM Mustafa promises economic development and rule of law

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, December 8, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa has been nominated prime minister of the Republic of Kosovo.

While presenting his government program in front of MPs, Mustafa said that in the four years to  come, the coalition pledges to expand the rule of law throughout the entire country and also do more for economic development.

Mustafa said that the priority of the government will be economic development, employment and wellbeing.

“The government will take under consideration the will of the citizens to embrace democratic values with the aim of integrating in the NATO and other international organizations and to continue friendship with the USA. The new government will cultivate relations with civil society and business community. I will respect ethnic diversity and preserve secular principles”, Mustafa declared.

The new PM pledged that the talks for the normalization of relations with Serbia will continue.

“We will continue to respect the agreements reached in Brussels and aim at reaching other agreements”, Mustafa said.

The new PM has pledged war against crime and corruption and against every type of extremism.

He added that the main objective of the government is to build an effective government which will strengthen the trust of the citizens and international partners and will develop democracy.

Meanwhile, leader of PDK, Hashim Thaci said that today marks the foundation of new democratic institutions coming out of the June elections.

He said that the new government will work for the citizens since the very first days in office.

“Today we founded the new democratic institutions of the Republic of Kosovo, coming out of the national elections. With the endorsement of the new agreement between PDK and LDK and on the occasion of the voting of the speaker of parliament, Mr. Kadri Veseli, we launched the formal procedures for the election of the government. The new speaker of parliament, Veseli is the right man  who enjoys all the moral and political qualities for this job. The new government will start to work immediately for the citizens of Kosovo”, Thaci said.

The opposition attacks the new government

Glauk Konjufca, Self Determination MP focused his speech on accusations against the last government and the new coalition which will lead the country for a four year mandate.

“Everything we have said about the outgoing government resulted to be true. This government installed corruption, caused economic slowdown, it put the judiciary system under control and it managed to corrupt even EULEX”, Konjufca declared.

AAK lawmaker, Donika Kadaj-Bujupi also launched accusations against the new governing coalition, by considering it as the coalition of communism, underworld and secret services.

“Today, Kosovo is led by two figures who combine communism, the underworld and secret service. It’s a combination between Putin and Escobar-Castro. Doesn’t Kosovo have people who will govern with clean hands and from which the citizens are not ashamed”, declared Bujupi.

Lawmaker of Incentive for Kosovo, Jakup Krasniqi said that the government cabinet is not interested on the citizens of Kosovo.

“This coalition doesn’t guarantee good governing and economic development. This governing coalition doesn’t guarantee education. During the electoral campaign, it was said that the vote for us would go in favor of Isa Mustafa. But those who accused me of such thing, proposed Isa Mustafa for PM. This is lack of honesty. I’m convinced that Kosovo will not earn anything. The PM nominee said that the government will strengthen the judicial system. The government doesn’t need to intervene in the justice system, because if it does, fight against crime and corruption has no sense”, Krasniqi declared.

Serb List boycotts the voting and the election of the new government

MPs of the Serb List which have nine seats in the parliament of Kosovo, didn’t participate in this parliamentary session.

“We will not participate, because the conditions of the Serb List to participate in the government have not been met and we don’t see a need to be part of parliament on the occasion of the election of the government”, said Jablanovic.

Among the conditions that the Serb List has put forward include the formation of the Association of Serb Communes, the return of displaced people, the restitution of properties to the Serb Orthodox Church and the cancellation of the privatization of enterprises in Serb inhabited areas.

Jablanovic said that the cause of the disagreement about the conditions “initially relate to their formulation”.

New government cabinet of Isa Mustafa

IBNA news agency has secured the full list of the ministerial cabinet of PM Isa Mustafa, which is expected to be voted by the parliament of Kosovo.

PM Isa Mustafa will have two deputies, Hashim Thaci, first deputy PM and Foreign Minister, and Kujtim Shala, deputy PM and Minister of Culture

Arsim Bajrami-Minister of Education, Science and Technology

Hajredin Kuci-Minister of Justice

Memli Krasniqi-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development

Valon Murati-Minister of Diaspora

Blerand Stavileci-Minister of Economic Development

Bekim Collaku-Minister of European Integration

Ferid Agani-Minister of Environment and Planning

Edita Tahiri-State Minister-Leader of technical dialogue with Serbia

Skender Hyseni-Minister of Interior

Lutfi Zharku-Minister of Infrastructure

Imet Rrahmani-Minister of Health

Hikmete Bajrami-Minister of Commerce and Industry

Haki Demolli-Minister of Kosovo’s Security Force

Avdullah Hoti-Minister of Finance

Arban Abrashi-Minister of Labor and Social Welfare

Aleksander Jablanovic-Minister of the Administration of Local Government

Slobodan Petrovic-Minister for Communities and Returns

Mahir Yagcilar-Minister of Public Administration. /ibna/