Opposition Democratic League of Kosovo to table no-confidence vote in March - report

By bne IntelliNews February 4, 2014

Opposition Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) plans to table a no-confidence vote against the government of PM Hashim Thaci in March, hoping the government overthrow could result in general elections in June, an unnamed senior LDK official told daily Bota Sot. 

Regular parliamentary elections in Kosovo are expected to be held before end-2014 but so far there is no official information that provides more details on the matter.

According to Bota Sot's source, LDK recently carried out a confidential poll, which showed that the centre-right party is 6% ahead of Thaci's ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) in terms of voter support.

The assembly is obliged to schedule a no-confidence vote against the government only if the motion is supported by at least one third of all the deputies (1/3 of the 120-seat parliament). The motion is considered successful and the government is required to resign if a majority of the deputies vote in favour of it. LDK is Kosovo's second-largest party with 29 members of parliament. This means that in order to bring down the government, it would need the support of 11 lawmakers from other parties.

Kosovo last held general elections in late 2010 when Thaci's minority government at the time was brought down by a no-confidence vote supported by 66 deputies. The elections came after several months of political crisis in Kosovo that began with the resignation of the country's president in September. This led to a breakup of the government coalition (consisting of PDK and LDK) and a vote of no-confidence against the cabinet that prompted the snap polls.

PDK scored a majority victory by winning 34 seats (33 currently), second was LDK with 27 seats (29 currently), followed by Vetenvendosje with 12 seats (11 currently), Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) with 11 seats (13 currently), Independent Liberal Party (SLS) with 8 seats (7 currently). Fifteen smaller parties with less than six seats also entered the parliament. 

The government was formed in February 2011. The PDK-led coalition includes the New Kosovo Alliance (AKR), SLS, the Ibrahim Rugova list, and several minority parties.

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