Early Elections in Kosovo After Prime Minister Loses Confidence Vote

Kosovo government falls after losing no-confidence vote

Kosovo government falls after losing no-confidence vote

Kosovo's government collapsed on 'Wednesday (10 May) after it lost a confidence vote in parliament, a move expected to trigger a snap election after more than a year of political crisis in the tiny Balkan country.

The no-confidence motion was launched by the opposition, which had accused the government of failing to meet its campaign pledges and creating public distrust.

A report from the Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) states that about 78 legislators voted for the proposal, 34 were against, three abstained and five were absent. The next election previously had been scheduled to take place in about a year. The existing Cabinet will continue to run the country until then.

A new election will further postpone the adoption of a demarcation deal with Montenegro, key for the European Union to lift its requirement of needing a visa to travel to Kosovo.

Following the vote, President Hashim Thaci dissolved parliament.

"Regret today's no-confidence vote of the Kosovo Assembly".

Under Kosovo's Constitution, the country should now hold general elections after 30 to 45 days. "The country needs a new government".

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As the national guard was throwing tear gas and pellets onto protesters, a violinist played through the violence. Militiamen approached, all dressed in dark colours with pieces of cloth covering their faces.

The 2 1/2-year governing coalition was made up of Mustafa's Democratic League of Kosovo, which holds the second-most number of seats in the 120-seat parliament.

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. Speaker Veseli posted a tweet on Wednesday afternoon saying Kosovo needs a new beginning and the no-confidence vote would "open exciting new chapters of our history".

The government hasn't had enough lawmakers to pass the deal, which was signed in 2015, and Mustafa withdrew the draft bill previous year. Back then, they agreed that the prime minister would be named by LDK, while LDK will support Thaci's candidature for president.

Some opposition and ruling party MPs in Pristina claimed Montenegro deprives Kosovo of 8,000 hectares of land in the border area.

The move has been recognised by more than 110 countries, but Serbia, supported by its traditional ally Russian Federation, still rejects it.

Kosovo, home to around 1.8 people who are mostly ethnic Albanians, unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

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