Kosovo Liberation Army
Thaci "respects" decision that would give his party mandate
PRIŠTINA -- Hashim Thaci has said that he will "respect" a decision of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo addressing the post-election deadlock.
The court on Tuesday decided that the party that won the most votes will name a nominee to form the next government in Priština.
The ruling from the constitutional court on Tuesday advised President Atifete Jahjaga that the party “that won the highest number of seats as a result of the elections to be given the possibility to propose a candidate for prime minister to form the government”.
The Central Election Commission on Thursday announced its final tally which closely resembled the preliminary figures from the June 8 national polls that gave the lead to Hashim Thaci’s ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK.
Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti said he would back the opposition coalition that wants to form a government instead of outgoing premier Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo, which won most votes at the recent elections, but only under certain conditions.
“This is because bad governance should not continue,” Vetevendosje Movement spokesperson Erzen Vraniqi told BIRN.
Confusion has erupted over whether the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK - the party that won most votes in the recent general election in Kosovo - should automatically have the right to form the new government even though it appears unable to claim a majority in parliament.
Amid simmering political tensions in Kosovo, the presidency announced on Thursday that Jahjaga had addressed the court for advice to “clarify the constitutional action of the president” in nominating a new prime minister, who will then form the next government.
The barricade over the river Ibar in Mitrovica - the most potent symbol of division in Kosovo between Serbs living in the north and Albanians in the south - was taken down late on Tuesday.
The road over the bridge was finally open to traffic on Wednesday after tons of stones and sand were removed overnight.
The Kosovo government said it welcomed the removal of the barricade.
The ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, and the recently established coalition between the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK and Nisma per Kosoven [Initiative for Kosovo] are still at loggerheads over who has the right to form a new government.