Political deadlock has consequences for Kosovo, elections are not an option

Political deadlock has consequences for Kosovo, elections are not an option

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, August 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

British ambassador to Kosovo, Ian Cliff, says that the current deadlock in Kosovo must be solved after the verdict of the Constitutional Court.

He expressed his conviction that the repetition of the elections is not in the best interest of the people of Kosovo, given that in the recent years, the country has seen several elections.

“First of all, we must see what will be the decision of the Constitutional Court in relation to the election of the speaker of parliament. After this, the president should summon premier Hashim Thaci in a meeting and after him, perhaps someone else too. So, we will see how the events develop”, said ambassador Cliff.

Experts of political developments in Kosovo told IBNA that leaders of political parties must be more responsible and find a formula for the formation of the institutions coming out of the June 8 elections.

Analyst Vilhard Shala told IBNA that new elections must not be an option, because they damage the state budget, they delay the European integrating processes and they can also have negative consequences in other domains.

“Kosovo has sustained significant damage from this political deadlock, which was caused after the June 8 elections. Political leaders must be more responsible and find a common language for the formation of the institutions of the country”, declared Shala.

Kosovar analyst, Avni Mazrreku told IBNA that early elections are not an option and that they could be an option only if one of the blocs would not be able to form the government.

“No, definitely, the elections are not an option. The elections should have been an option only if none of the blocs could not form the government. Meanwhile, it’s clear that after the creation of parliament, we don’t have any problems with the necessary majority needed to form the government. Therefore, I say that the elections are not an option for the country”, said Mazrreku.

Early elections would cause another institutional vacuum, but if opposition parties on one side and Democratic Party of Kosovo on the other, fail to form a government, then fresh elections may be seen as an option.

Nonetheless, the verdict of the Constitutional Court is expected to unblock the situation. /ibna/