Kosovo government meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. | Photo courtesy of the Office of the Prime Minister.

A week of reshuffling at the Kosovo government

The Government of Kosovo is reshuffling, and officials are anticipating another wave of changes within the Kosovar executive body.

The government of Kosovo is undergoing a reshuffle. Yesterday, Endrit Shala was appointed the new minister of Trade and Industry. The decision for his appointment was made public by Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj.

Shala, a NISMA-affiliated politician, was an advisor for Fatmir Limaj, NISMA’s president, prior the appointment. He is replacing Bajram Hasani, who was dismissed in September by his own party. NISMA did not provide reasons to the Government of Kosovo for the dismissal of Hasani.

Shala is among those accused for festively firing guns in the ODA [men’s chamber] of NISMA’s president Limaj back in 2017, in celebration of Limaj’s declaration of innocence in his judicial case, cleared of all charges in his corruption indictment. Other members of the government, including the Minister of Diaspora Dardan Gashi, are among those indicted for shooting guns the night Limaj was freed of the charges.

Besides the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Nisma as a coalition partner also leads the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Welfare.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister in an interview for T7 television also confirmed that Minister of Justice Abelard Tahiri has offered his own resignation to the prime minister. However, Haradinaj said that before a decision is taken, he will speak with the leader of PDK, Kadri Veseli.

Haradinaj also has said that another three ministers coming from PDK might be replaced, but has revealed no further details. PDK is the biggest coalition partner within the government of Kosovo, leading six ministries: the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Innovation, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of European Integration and Ministry of Finance.

02/10/2018 - 11:19

02 October 2018 - 11:19

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