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.
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.
The shortest election campaign in Kosovo's history will end on Friday midnight - but experts warn that the battle for power is likely to become harsher in the final days.
Shpend Kursani, a political expert, said the campaign would likely get tougher, precisely because the outcome of the election was so uncertain.
The proposal to establish the new tribunal was passed by 89 votes to 22 in parliament on Wednesday, although Prime Minister Hashim Thaci called it “the biggest injustice and insult which could be done to Kosovo and its people”.
Fatmir Limaj has denied involvement in corruption and organized crime, maintaining that the latest indictment raised against him was based on prejudice and speculation.
“If this indictment was a screenplay, a good movie could be made, based on it”, Limaj told the court on Wednesday.
Rejecting the appeal, the EU-rule-of-law mission to Kosovo, EULEX, announced that the criminal case will proceed to main trial before the Basic Court of Pristina.
Fatmir Limaj is charged with organized crime, abusing his official position or authority, accepting bribes and non-declaration of received campaign money.
Kosovo's opposition AAK party says it plans to submit a no-confidence motion to parliament on the government of Hashim Thaci “as soon as possible”.
Ardian Gjini, from the AAK, said the motion will be put forward once the party ensures it will be signed by 61 of the 120 lawmakers - the number needed to dissolve the government.