PRIŠTINA – Finally a coalition

Albin Kurti, leader of Self Determination (Vetevendosje) and Isa Mustafa, leader of the Democratic Alliance of Kosovo (DSK) signed on Sunday (2 February) an agreement to create a new government four months after Kosovo held early elections on 6 October 2019.

The parliament will convene today (3 February), to vote for a new cabinet headed by Kurti, after the two parties secured enough votes to support the new appointments from minority parties.

Although the compromise was reached immediately after the visit of High EU Representative Josep Borrell, Kosovo’s Constitution ensures that the government needs to have Serbian coalition partners. So what did Serbian politicians have to say?

Kurti and Mustafa said that Kosovo’s new government would consist of 15 departments and that both parties would appoint six ministers each, while three ministerial posts would go to minorities in Kosovo. The current speaker, Gluk Konjufca will resign, and a DSK MP Vjosa Osmani will take the leading parliamentary post. 

However, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said that Serbian party Srpska Lista, which Belgrade strongly supports, will not support a new government. Brnabić emphasised that there will be no dialogue with Priština without abolishing tariffs. 

Goran Rakić, leader of Srpska Lista, said they had been invited only once to talk about the formation of the government in Kosovo so they decided not to participate in the coalition. [EURACTIV.rs; Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr]

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