Political crisis in Kosovo comes to an end, Isa Mustafa nominated for PM

Political crisis in Kosovo comes to an end, Isa Mustafa nominated for PM

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, November 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The political crisis in Kosovo, which lasted for five months in a row, has sparked strong debates between analysts and representatives of political parties in the country.

Leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Hashim Thaci and that of the Democratic League of Kosovo, (LDK) signed a joint governing coalition last night.

The agreement has been signed in the office of the president of Republic, Atifete Jahjaga in the presence of the US ambassador to Pristina, Tracey Ann Jacobson. The agreement was confirmed by the president of the country, Atifete Jahjaga.

“The meeting held in the President’s office between Mr. Thaci and Mr. Mustafa agreed on building a coalition between the Democratic Party of Kosovo and Democratic League of Kosovo in order to build the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo, in line with the Constitution and rulings of the Constitutional Court”, declared Jahjaga.

She said that both political leaders stressed their commitment to finalize as soon as possible the creation of institutions based on the Constitution and constitutional principles that preserve the multi-ethnic character of the Republic of Kosovo.

Jahjaga said that as a factor of unity and guarantor of the democratic functioning of the institutions of Kosovo, she will continue to play a facilitating role in line with the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo in this process.

Isa Mustafa nominated for PM

LDK declared that based on the agreement signed with PDK, the latter will lead the government.

“LDK informs the public opinion that an agreement in principle has been reached between LDK and PDK. Under this agreement, LDK will have the post of the prime minister of the country, while ministerial posts will be divided equally. The division of ministerial posts will be done in the days to come”, reads LDK statement.

But, not all representatives of LDK were happy with this agreement. LDK lawmaker, Vjosa Osmani has called this the end of LDK.

“Joining the crime cupola is not a way to fight crime. We can only fight crime by distancing ourselves from it. Yesterday, in the meeting of the steering committee, we heard that PDK ministers in the next government will be people without criminal records. But this doesn’t matter at a time when we know that PDK doesn’t govern through its ministers, but underworld crime. In such government, nothing else will change besides the fact that this government will also have our representatives. The country will make steps backwards”, declared Osmani.

Meanwhile, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo has considered Isa Mustafa’s action for the coalition with PDK as something which was expected.

Avni Arifi, adviser to the leader of the party, Ramush Haradinaj, said that in spite of this coalition, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo will continue to contribute in building a democratic state.

“After the developments of the recent months, this was something that was expected. We’re sorry that the opposition bloc was divided. AAK will continue to contribute in order to build a democratic country, free of corruption and organized crime”, said Arifi.

The recent political developments have led the party that has the most senior MP, Flora Brovina, to call the continuation of this session.

IBNA’s sources inside the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) said that parliament may be convened on Tuesday, but there’s also a possibility to continue the session on Thursday. /ibna/