The leaders of Kosovo’s coalition parties plan to meet on Monday afternoon and discuss 4 September meeting between Kosovo and Serbia at the White House and election of new president.
Thaci’s mandate as country’s president expires in 2021 but his mandate might be cut short if
the Kosovo Specialist Chambers confirms war
crime charges against him already filed by the Hague prosecutors for his
role as political representative of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during 1998-1999 war in Kosovo. After
the Hague-based Specialist Prosecutor’s office announced filing of an
indictment, Thaci said that he would resign if the indictment is confirmed.
this development ruling coalition parties have started discussing on who should
succeed Thaci as Kosovo president. Coalition leader – the Democratic League of
Kosovo (LDK) is asking the president’s post which is elected by the Parliament
with two third of votes. Last week the junior coalition partner in LDK-led
Government – the AAK mandated their leader Ramush Haradinaj as candidate for
president. Based on the public statements it seems that coalition partners have
no accord on who should become country’s president.
of the LDK, Isa Mustafa, said that during Monday’s meeting of coalition leaders
they will discuss among other things the election of new president. He said
that the main topic would be the coordination ahead of high-level meeting
between Kosovo and Serbia on 4 September at the White House, hosted by the US
National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien. The meeting happens following public
disagreements of Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and AAK leader Ramush Haradinaj
over the dialogue process. Haradinaj said that he does not believe Hoti leading
the dialogue and accused him of trying to bypass the AAK representatives in
Government when discussing with Serbia. The Prime Minister Hoti answering
Haradinaj’s criticism said that Kosovo has only one Prime Minister who
according to the Constitution is mandated to lead the dialogue with Serbia.