Kosovo’s Vetevendosje secures majority to form new government

By bne IntelliNews November 24, 2019

The leader of Kosovo’s Vetevendosje party, Albin Kurti has secured a majority in the parliament to form a new government, he announced on November 24.

On November 7, Kosovo’s central election commission (CEC) announced the final official results for October 6 snap general election, according to which two formerly opposition parties — Vetevendosje and the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) — together gained 61 seats in the 120-seat parliament, making a slim majority to form a new government.

This was hailed by the international community as the first handover of power to the opposition in the history of Europe’s youngest country, coming 11 years after Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia. 

However, following the rejection of votes from Serbia, the distribution of seats in the new parliament changed slightly and Vetevendosje and the LDK needed four more lawmakers to form a government without a third party. 

Last week, the parliamentary group was joined by Egyptian party lawmaker Albert Krasniqi. Kurti now says that three other MPs in the new parliament will back his government. 

Despite the ongoing recount of votes, parliamentary majority has been secured for the new government, Kurti said in a Facebook post.

"The presidents of the three parties of minority communities and future lawmakers Rasim Demiri, Fikrim Damka, and Albert Kinolli, will vote for the government and me as prime minister without any conditions," Kurti wrote.

The three MPs represent the Bosniak, Turk and Roma communities.

With the backing of three new lawmakers, Kurti has secured 61 votes to form a new government in the 120-seat parliament.

 

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