A coalition headed by the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) has agreed to a deal with the junior New Alliance for Kosovo party to form a government, ending three months of political gridlock sparked by inconclusive elections.
The agreement, signed on September 4, gives the coalition, which includes the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) along with ethnic minorities, 63 of parliament’s 120 seats.
President Hashim Thaci has said that he would give Ramush Haradinaj, leader of the AAK, a formal mandate to try to form a government once he could show he had a deal showing a majority coalition was in place.
“Finally Kosovo has started to move…we had some big delays and our institutions now will be formed,” Haradinaj said.
Officials from the European Union and other Western institutions have expressed concerns that the inconclusive June election results could plunge the country into the same constitutional crisis it faced after a 2014 vote failed to produce a clear winner, delaying the formation of a government for nine months.
The failure to move forward on creating a government prompted Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States to issue a statement on August 13 that said it was “the responsibility of Kosovo’s leaders” to end the deadlock.
“With this coalition we will push the processes forward. I am convinced that we will be in harmony with Prime Minister Haradinaj,” Behgjet Pacolli, leader of the New Kosovo Alliance (AKR), said after signing the agreement.
According to the media in Pristina, Pacolli will now become first deputy prime minister, while his party will get five ministries.