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AKR signs deal with PAN to form Kosovo government

Behgjet Pacolli’s AKR signs a deal with the PDK-led PAN coalition, paving the way for an end to Kosovo’s political deadlock.

With the LDK-led pre-election coalition dissolved, the PAN coalition may have the majority vote in parliament to elect Kadri Veseli as Assembly Speaker, opening the way for the Kosovo president to give Veseli’s coalition partner, Ramush Haradinaj, the long-awaited mandate for prime minister.

After a Monday lunch meeting with LDK leader Isa Mustafa, Behgjet Pacolli, leader of the political party New Kosovo Alliance, AKR, announced his party’s departure from the pre-election LAA coalition.

“Each moment may bring new situations,” Pacolli said after announcing the split.

By Monday evening, AKR signed a deal with the PAN coalition, made up of the Kosovo Democratic Party, PDK, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK and the Initiative for Kosovo, NISMA.

Pacolli took to Facebook Monday night to explain his purpose for making a deal with PAN. He alluded to Martin Luther King Jr. and said it was his responsibility to push the country forward.

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“I did not want to be responsible for the Kosovo crisis, but to take responsibility for resolving it… Instead of going to new early elections and a chain of crises that would destroy Kosovo’s fragile economy and its international image, the AKR chose to take over responsibilities,” his post read.

As the political entity with the most votes in the June 11 elections, the pre-election PAN coalition has the right to propose a candidate for Assembly speaker, who then will have to get a majority vote in parliament.

The coalition won 39 seats of the 61 needed to form a majority; with 20 votes from non-Albanian MPs allegedly on board and AKR’s four seats, the PAN coalition may now have the votes to end the three-month-long political deadlock.

Kosovo dailies reported that at Pacolli’s meeting with Kadri Veseli, Ramush Haradinaj, and Fatmir Limaj, it was decided that AKR will get five ministries and the post of first deputy prime minister. Media reports claim that the president’s post has also been promised to Pacolli after the end of President Thaci’s mandate.

An anonymous source told Reuters that the Assembly session to elect the speaker will be held this week.

05/09/2017 - 10:34

05 September 2017 - 10:34

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