Political crisis deepens, Constitutional Court annuls the election of the speaker of parliament

Political crisis deepens, Constitutional Court annuls the election of the speaker of parliament

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, August 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Constitutional Court of Kosovo decided today on the dispute between PDK and opposition bloc. In the verdict published on its official webpage, the Constitutional Court has decided in favor of PDK.

On Thursday, August 21, 2014, the Constitutional Court of Kosovo deliberated and voted on the matter of the election of the speaker of the parliament of Kosovo, who was voted on July 17, 2014 by 83 MPs.

The request was filed to the court on July 18, 2014 by Xhavit Haliti and 29 other MPs.

According to the Constitutional Court, the meeting and the procedure that was followed after the suspension of the July 17, 2014 session by the chair of the session, due to the lack of a quorum, is against article 67 (2) and article 64 (1) and Chapter III of the regulation.

“The decision taken on July 17, 2014 is unconstitutional, in terms of the procedure that was followed and the content, as it was not the biggest parliamentary group the one to propose the speaker of parliament and as a result, it’s invalid. The first parliament session of July 17, 2014, has not been fully realized, because the vice speakers of parliament were not elected”, reads the verdict of the Constitutional Court.

According to outgoing prime minister, Hashim Thaci, today’s decision of the Constitutional Court gives way to the formation of institutions based on the will of the citizens.

“The state of Kosovo is more and more strengthening the practices that respect constitutionality and lawfulness. Today, the Constitutional Court had its say about the July 17, 2014 session and gave way to the formation of the institutions of Kosovo in line with the will of the citizens expressed on the June 8 elections”, declared Thaci.

He said that every side is expected to accept the decision of the Constitutional Court.

“Democratic Party of Kosovo, in the quality of leader of state consolidation processes, will intensively work to form the new institutions of Kosovo as soon as possible, in line with the mandate given by the citizens of Kosovo in the general elections and start to implement the New Mission for the economic development of Kosovo, the opening of new jobs and the unstoppable process of European integration”, said Thaci.

The head of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, nominated by the opposition for the post of prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, declared that the Court could not deny the political power of the opposition bloc.

“The press statement of the Constitutional Court doesn’t explain the decision as a whole and cannot be commented by me. What I can say is that the Constitutional Court could not deny the right of the political majority, namely LDK-AAK-INCENTIVE and partners for the nomination of the speaker of parliament. We expect this nomination to be recognized as the prime minister nominee was recognized”, declared Haradinaj.

Meanwhile, experts of constitutional law say that today’s decision of the Court can take the country to early parliamentary elections.

Professor of constitutional law, Riza Smaka declared that as a lawyer, he was waiting another verdict of the court.

“The Constitutional Court has not acted in line with the Constitution, but in alliance with daily politics. With this decision, the Court takes the country to extraordinary parliamentary elections”, said Smaka. /ibna/