Reports: Haradinaj to be new Kosovo PM

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Reports: Haradinaj to be new Kosovo PM

PRIŠTINA -- According to media reports, the new prime minister of Kosovo will be Ramush Haradinaj, leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo.

This came after opposition parties managed to reach an agreement in the wake of Sunday's early elections for the assembly in Priština.

The local media there are reporting this Tuesday that Haradinaj's party along with the Democratic League of Kosovo and the newly formed Initiative for Kosovo ("Nisma") agreed on forming a coalition that will send Hashim Thaci and his Democratic Party of Kosovo to the opposition, although it won the most votes in the election.

The "unexpected agreement " was signed by Haradinaj, Isa Mustafa and Fatmir Limaj, a source told the Albanian language newspaper Express, while other media are reporting that that the new government will also be supported by Albin Kurti's Self-Determination.

According to the still unofficial elections results, Thaci's party leads with 30.71 percent of the vote, followed by the Democratic Alliance of Kosovo with 25.75 percent, Self-Determination with 13.51 percent, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo with 9.61 percent, and the Initiative for Kosovo with 5.24 percent.

Twice-acquitted

Haradinaj, like Thaci, is a former leader of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA; OVK; UCK). After the war in Kosovo in 1999, he entered politics, was indicted for committing war crimes by the Hague Tribunal, and then twice acquitted.

Instead of the 39 counts of the original indictment, the new trial of Haradinaj and Idriz Balaj saw them charged with six. These included the murder and torture of prisoners in the KLA camp in Jablanica. As in the...

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