Kosovo president asks Thaci to form government

Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu authorised former fighter leader Hashim Thaci to form a new coalition government of Kosovo in line with the outcome of the Nov 17 elections.

Kosovo president asks Thaci to form government
Thaci, 39, said Kosovo 'is united and ready for statehood'. He would begin a round of talks with various political parties including Sejdiu's ruling Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK).

Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo won 37 seats in the 120-member parliament, followed by Sejdiu's LDK with 25 seats, the likely partner in the anticipated coalition.

The new Kosovo government is expected to be named by the end of December, although the province's parliament is not likely to convene to vote on the new cabinet before January.

The UN Security Council will debate the report of the troika Dec 19, and the Kosovo negotiating team will then decide on steps to be taken with regard to the future status of Kosovo.

Kosovo's dominant ethnic Albanians are expected to declare independence 'no later than May' next year with Western backing. The US and most EU member states support statehood for Kosovo.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Aralık 2007, 12:27
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