Kosovo’s Compromise-President Thwarts Ambitions of Parliament Speaker Krasniqi
PRISHTINA / PRISTINA – Both parties of the ruling coalition in Kosovo, the New Alliance for Kosovo (AKR) and the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), agreed together with the biggest opposition party, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), on a “consensual” candidate for the recently passed anew presidential election by the Kosovan parliament: The before politically unknown jurist and deputy commander of the Kosovo police forces, Ms. Atifete Jahjaga, is the new compromise and first female President of the Republic of Kosovo.
Following an intensive “mediation” of Kosovo US Ambassador Christopher Dell, LDK head and Mayor of Kosovo’s capital city Prishtina, Isa Mustafa, agreed to sign an according memorandum of understanding with both - the AKR of former presidency candidate Pacolli, and the PDK of Kosovo PM Thaci. With their agreement the involved parties try to overcome the reported deadlock of the Kosovan political system.
The outcome thwarted the ambitions of the former acting President, Jakup Krasniqi, who tried to extend his presidency by proposing not to hurry and to vote for a new President only after a (supposedly long lasting) change of the Kosovan constitution and electoral system. Chairing the Kosovan parliament, Krasniqi - due to several formal mistakes during the respective parliamentary session for the former - an now repeated - election of the Kosovan presidency in March 2011 - provoked the decision of the constitutional court of Kosovo, to force just beforehand voted President Pacolli to step down after 5 weeks in office. What followed was an ongoing political and constitutional crisis. Accordingly at least Pacolli’s AKR was not able to further support Krasniqi, who already complained in Kosovo media, that he “felt” ignored during the talks.Continued on the next page