Kosovo parliament holds no-confidence motion

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 25, 2020 01:58

Kosovo parliament holds no-confidence motion


TIRANA, March 25 - Kosovo's parliament is considering amotion of no-confidence against the government of Albin Kurti, which was rejected by the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). The motion followed the dismissal the Minister of Internal Affairs, Agim Veliu by Prime Minister Albin Kurti last week over disagreements over whether or not to declare a state of emergency in Kosovo.

The head of the Democratic League Parliamentary Group said it was Prime Minister Kurti who decided to end the ruling coalition.

"The Government of Kosovo came to power with a belief for change, for a new momentum in the aspects of the country's economic development, rule of law, fight against corruption and consolidation of the international subjectivity of Kosovo while Prime Minister Kurti for less than 50 working days through inaction and nonconstructive positioning in relation to partners in general and particularly with the United States,has made it impossible for the government to function," he said.

KLD has disagreed with Prime Minister Kurti's stance on the conditional lifting of tariffs on Serbian goods, demanding that they be completely abolished at the request of the United States, which has already suspended programs and warned of further sanctions if that does not happen.

Kurti said that threats for an alleged withdrawal of U.S. troops from Kosovo, cancellation of 200 million dollars in US aid and the dismissal of the minister are not the real reasons for the no-confidence motion. He added that the reason behind the revolt against the current government, has not been to drop the tariffs, but not to impose reciprocity measures with Serbia.

He further expressed that "there is already a deal. The president has actually confirmed this to me in his meeting with him. I met him for two hours, and he said to me: 'Prime Minister, lift the tax, [let us] go to the White House and get rid of Serbia. These other prime ministers are appointed prime ministers and you and I are elected by the people." However, Kurti said that he would never be part of such a deal.

The debate in parliament is being held at a time when Kosovo is facing the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. So far, 63 people have been confirmed as infected, and the first victim has been recorded.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 25, 2020 01:58