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World Kosovo eyes early elections after government voted down

01:40  26 march  2020
01:40  26 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Parliamentary elections were held in Kosovo on 6 October 2019. The main opposition parties received the most votes , led by Vetëvendosje and the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). Vetëvendosje leader Albin Kurti became Prime Minister

Kosovo 's coalition government faces a no-confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday after a dispute over whether to declare a state of emergency to combat the coronavirus. It took office less than two months ago after lengthy coalition talks following an election last October.

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s government fell Wednesday after only 50 days in power, losing a no-confidence vote initiated by the junior governing coalition partner following disagreements with the prime minister, a move that could take the country to early elections.

Albin Kurti, the newly elected prime minister of Kosovo waves after a new government was elected, in the capital Pristina, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.  Kosovo's parliament convened on Monday to vote in a new prime minister after four months of talks between the country's two main parties. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu) © Provided by Associated Press Albin Kurti, the newly elected prime minister of Kosovo waves after a new government was elected, in the capital Pristina, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Kosovo's parliament convened on Monday to vote in a new prime minister after four months of talks between the country's two main parties. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

A 12-hour long debate on the no-confidence vote culminated in a vote of 82 in favor, 32 against and one abstention. The government will continue in a caretaker role.

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Kosovo will hold early parliamentary elections in October as it seeks to stabilize Europe’s newest nation after its Premier Ramush Haradinaj resigned to face allegations at a war crimes court. President Hashim Thaci set the election for Oct. 6, his office said in an emailed statement on Monday.

Prime Minister Albin Kurti of the left-wing Self-Determination Movement may take two weeks to try to form a new government or an early parliamentary election will be called.

Due to the coronavirus threat, parliament held a session closed to the public and media, but was broadcast live by public television. Lawmakers sat a seat apart, wearing masks and gloves, and the chamber was disinfected at least two times during the session.

Last week, Kurti fired then-Interior Minister Agim Veliu of the center-right Democratic League of Kosovo, or LDK, for not being in line with the government policy on containing the virus.

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Labour says it will support an early election , but only once the risk of a no-deal Brexit is "off the table". Had the PM secured enough votes , he would have then The government plans to get round the two-thirds threshold by introducing a very short law that fixes the date of the election as 12 December.

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“The prime minister decided to give an end to the deal with the LDK when he discharged a minister without first consulting with the partner,” said Arben Gashi, head of LDK's parliamentary group.

Kurti accused his coalition partner of joining forces with President Hashim Thaci, who he considers the “engine behind the scene” for a purported secret effort to arrange a territorial trade with Serbia. Prominent politicians in the two countries have said Thaci and his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, have been discussing a land swap.

Kosovo was part of Serbia until an 1998-1999 armed uprising by the ethnic Albanian majority triggered a bloody Serb crackdown. That prompted a NATO bombing campaign against Serbia to force its troops out of Kosovo in 1999.

Serbia refuses to recognize Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence.

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Associated Press writer Llazar Semini in Tirana, Albania, contributed to this report.

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