Albin Kurti on the closing night of the electoral campaign. Photo: Atdhe Mulla.

Vetevendosje proposes Albin Kurti as PM

Vetevendosje has sent a proposal nominating Albin Kurti as the next prime minister of Kosovo to President Hashim Thaci, setting a 15-day deadline for Kurti to present his government to the Kosovo Assembly for approval.

A letter sent to Kosovo President Hashim Thaci from Vetevendosje’s general secretary, Vlora Haxhimehmedi, has confirmed party leader Albin Kurti as Vetevendosje’s nomination for the position of prime minister. By the Kosovo Constitution, Kurti now has 15 days to present his cabinet before the Kosovo Assembly, who must be approved by a majority vote in order to be elected.

The letter sent by Vetevendosje to the Office of the President. Photo: BIRN.

Vetevendosje as the most voted party at the October 6 elections have the first right to nominate Kosovo’s next prime minister, but have consistently delayed doing so due to the late certification of results and a break down in coalition talks with second placed party, the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK. 

Kurti, who was Vetevendosje’s prime ministerial candidate during the recent snap elections, previously met with Thaci on January 6, but did not provide its nomination for prime minister. Since December, Thaci has consistently pushed for Vetevendosje to provide a nomination for prime minister, citing the need to form the country’s institutions.

Vetevendosje and LDK have publicly clashed over the appointment of Kosovo’s next president, who will be elected by the Kosovo Assembly in Spring 2021. LDK has insisted that the party with the power to nominate the president be included as part of LDK and Vetevendosje’s governing agreement, while Vetevendosje has insisted that nomination of the president is not a pressing issue, and is one to be discussed at a later stage. 

20/01/2020 - 09:35

20 January 2020 - 09:35

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