Allies Unite to Topple Thaci Govt in Kosovo

Agim Veliu, from the Democratic League of Kosovo, said the LDK, Ramush Haradinaј’s Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, and Fatmir Limaj’s Nisma per Kosoven [Initiative for Kosovo] had agreed to unite to form a new government in Kosovo.

“Ramush Haradinaj is our nominee for prime minister, the office of president - in line with the constitution - and speaker of parliament will belong to the LDK, while Nisma will have one deputy prime minister,” Veliu said on Tuesday.

The announcement caused shock in the Kosovo capital, where all eyes on forming a new government were on Hashim Thaci's ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo.

The PDK most votes in Sunday's general election. It won 30 per cent of the vote and will hold around 36 seats in parliament.

The LDK, led by Isa Mustafa, won 25.75 per cent of the votes, taking 30 seats, while Ramush Haradinaj’s AAK won 9.61 per cent of the votes, giving it 13 seats.

The new Nisma per Kosoven [Initiative for Kosovo] established by two PDK defectors, Fatmir Limaj and Jakup Krasniqi, will be the newest party in parliament. In the election it just passed the threshold, winning 5.24 per cent of the votes. It is expected to have six or seven seats.

Albin Kurti’s nationalistic Vetevendosje movement won 13.51 per cent of the votes.

It remains unclear whether Vetevendosje will be part of the announced coalition, which will need Kurti’s support to control 61 votes in parliament, which is the minimum necessary to form a government.

Vetevendosje does not have to join the new government, but must support the coalition between the AAK, LDK and Nisma and vote for it in parliament.

The additional numbers that the announced coalition needs can be achieved by including...

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