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New elections await Kosovo - will the future majority continue the dialogue with Belgrade?

August 22, 2019
Kosovo Assembly lawmakers have adopted a decision to dissolve parliament, thereby starting deadlines for calling new elections. The media speculates that the elections in Kosovo will be held on October 6, and one of the main topics is whether the future new majority will have a renewed dialogue with Belgrade as one of its priorities.
Almost a month after the resignation of Kosovo's Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, to testify before the KLA Special War Crimes Tribunal, the Kosovo Assembly voted in favor of its own dissolution.
Of the 106 MPs present in the House of Commons, 89 voted in favor of the dissolution, one MP opposed and two abstentions. Nearly all MPs were present in the hall except those of the Serb List, who boycotted the work of the assembly.
The US ambassador to Pristina welcomed the vote, assessing it as an important step forward in forming a new government, which he said should aim to restore dialogue with Belgrade. Outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said after the dissolution of the assembly that this was a sign of the maturity of Kosovo's politics and that the dialogue with Serbia would be discussed after the elections.
"Today's vote is a testament to political maturity and our democracy, so I believe that now the citizens of Kosovo will use that maturity and right to take the direction Kosovo goes in the future," Ramush Haradinaj said.
In a brief debate before the vote, LDK Group Chief of Staff Avdullah Hoti listed the failures of the outgoing Government.
"This convocation was an arena of confrontation between the authorities and the opposition in order to preserve the legality and constitutionality of Kosovo, not a debate to advance policies in the interests of the citizens. This government's mandate concludes without visa liberalization, without membership in Interpol, without new confessions and with numerous scandals." , says Avdullah Hoti, head of the Democratic Alliance of Kosovo.
The dissolution of the assembly was welcomed by President Hashim Thaci, saying he would call elections soon. The statutory deadline provides for the president to call elections within 30-45 days. A possible date for elections is mentioned October 6.
In the run-up to early elections, meanwhile, an election coalition has been agreed between the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, and the Social Democratic Party, Mayor of Pristina Spend Ahmeti.

Unofficial translation from http://rs.n1info.com/Vesti/a509805/Kosovo-cekaju-novi-izbori-hoce-li-buduca-vecina-nastaviti-dijalog-s-Beogradom.html

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