Snap elections in Kosovo after cabinet fails
13 May, 2017
Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci called last Thursday a snap parliamentary election for 11 June, after the government of PM Isa Mustafa was dismissed in a no-confidence motion on 10 May.
The motion was pushed forward by the opposition parties, which accused the cabinet of failing to meet campaign pledges, but it was the main coalition party, the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, that swayed the vote to pave the way for early elections, local media said. This will be the third election in the country of 1.8 million people since it became independent in 2008, Reuters recalls.
The EU expressed its regrets over the political crisis. The early election will further postpone the adoption of a demarcation deal with Montenegro, central to the EU lifting its requirement of needing a visa to travel to Kosovo. It will also stall temporarily EU-sponsored talks between Kosovo and Serbia, key for both countries to progress toward membership in the EU. The Kosovo independence is recognised by more than 100 countries, but not by Serbia, Russia and several EU members such as Spain.