US pledges support for Kosovo, European Union hopes

Jerome Frank
May 12, 2017

The move means the Balkan country is likely to have a parliamentary election about a year before one was scheduled to take place.

34 in favour of an opposition vote of no confidence in the government of prime minister Isa Mustafa.

Shortly after the vote, President Thaci issued a decree dissolving parliament.(ANSAmed). Opposition parties had blamed his Cabinet for being unable to carry out its program and pass important laws. The existing Cabinet will continue to run the country until the election.

President Hashim Thaci of Kosovo on Thursday called for a snap parliamentary election on June 11, a day after the government lost a confidence vote in parliament after a year of political crisis.

The 78 lawmakers who voted out the government included the biggest party in the governing coalition, but not the prime minister's own party.

It follows months of deadlock over a border demarcation deal with Montenegro that the opposition says would lead to a loss of territory.

The government hasn't had enough lawmakers to pass the deal, which was signed in 2015, and Mustafa withdrew a draft ratification bill previous year.

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House speaker Kadri Veseli whose Democratic Party of Kosovo held 69 seats in parliament and was a coalition partner with Mustafa's Democratic League of Kosovo, posted a note on Twitter saying the country needed a new beginning "to open exciting new chapters of our history".

Mustafa considered the no-confidence motion as a "political pamphlet without any argumentative basis", adding its effect will be "the country's destabilization through creating a lack of trust in institutions, and an institutional vacuum".

The Kosovo Assembly on Wednesday voted in favor of a no confidence vote in the government.

However, the chairman of the PDK's parliamentary group, Zenun Pajaziti, implied that numerous successes of the current government were down to previous administrations led by his party.

It has been recognised by more than 100 countries, including Western powers, but not by Serbia and its big-power ally Russian Federation or several European Union members such as Spain.

Kosovo broke with Serbia in 1999 after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bombing halted a campaign of ethnic cleansing directed against ethnic Albanians by Serbian forces trying to stamp out a two-year insurgency.

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