Leading western powers voiced concern yesterday at political deadlock in Kosovo, which has still not formed a government two months after snap elections in the tiny country,EurActiv.com reports.

Britain, France, Germany, Italy and United States said it was “the responsibility of Kosovo’s leaders” to form a parliament and government following the June ballots.

“We are concerned by the ongoing political situation in Kosovo,” said a joint statement released by the countries’embassies in Pristina.

The statement was released following the new parliament’s latest failure to vote in a speaker and enable the president to designate a prime minister after the inconclusive 11 June elections.

The newly-elected parliament failed Thursday to vote for a new speaker for a fourth time because lawmakers from President Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), which won most seats at the snap election, declined to attend, as it had done three times before.

The PDK-led coalition came first at the elections but failed to win an absolute majority that would allow it to form a government alone.

However, it is the only one entitled to propose a candidate for the parliamentary speaker.

But it is avoiding doing so, hoping to strike an overall agreement with other parties to win the support for the government at the same time.

Only after the speaker is elected and parliament is constituted can Thaci propose a candidate for prime minister, who then has 15 days to form a government.

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