Kosovo to get government ending political deadlock
8 September, 2017
The political deadlock in Kosovo, which followed early elections on 11 June, ends as Kosovo’s centre-right coalition, led by the Democratic Party of Kosovo, signed a deal last Monday with the small New Alliance for Kosovo party to form a government.
The agreement gives the coalition, which includes the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) of Ramush Haradinaj, along with ethnic minorities, 63 of the parliament's 120 seats. President Hashim Thaci has said that he would give Ramush Haradinaj a mandate to form a government, once he could reach parliamentary majority. The centre-right coalition was made up of former guerrillas who fought the 1998-99 war against Serb forces, Reuters recalls. Haradinaj, who twice stood trial before the UN war crimes court for war crimes and was acquitted, briefly held the post of prime minister in 2005.
The smaller New Alliance for Kosovo party is led by Behgjet Pacolli, known to be the richest Kosovar. Pacolli, who also holds a Swiss passport, won many contracts in Russia to rebuild state buildings in Moscow in the 90s, later he moved his business from Moscow to Kazakhstan.
The new government has to improve relations with Serbia, a precondition for both countries to move forward to the EU accession.