Kosovo’s biggest parties reach new government deal

epa08090974 Leader of the leading party Self-determination (Vetevendosje) Albin Kurti attends the session for electing new speaker of the parliament of the Republic of Kosovo in Pristina, Kosovo, 26 December 2019. Kosovo's parliament approved Glauk Konjufca as the new speaker by 75 votes, two months after the parliamentary elections of 06 October. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

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Kosovo’s two biggest parties reached a deal on Sunday to create a new government almost four months after the Balkan country held snap elections following the prime minister’s resignation.

Albin Kurti, the 44-year-old leader of the leftist Vetevendosje (Self Determination) party said he would become prime minister under the deal and work with the centre-right Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and other groups.

“We have signed the deal,” Kurti told a joint press conference with LDK leader Isa Mustafa. Parliament – where the coalition parties together have 77 of the parliament’s 120 seats – will vote on the agreement on Monday, he added.

The new coalition will also include six groups representing Serbs, Turks, Bosniaks and other ethnic minorities.

The October election, the country’s fourth since declaring independence in 2008, was called after Ramush Haradinaj resigned as prime minister after being summoned for questioning by an EU-funded war crimes court that sits in The Hague.

Via Reuters 

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