Kosovo Parliament Approves New Government Led by Avdullah Hoti

Kosovo’s Parliament has approved the new government led by Avdullah Hoti from the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), the country’s second largest party.

61 MPs voted in favor, – the minimum required, – 24 against and 1 abstained in the 120-seat parliament. The largest party, Vetevendosje, did not attend the session.

President Hashim Thaci congratulated Hoti for the post and offered his cooperation to fulfill the government’s “national and international agenda”.

Hundreds of Kosovars protested during the session, demanding new elections.

Following is the new government composition:

Avdullah Hoti – Prime Minister

Besnik Tahiri – First Deputy Prime Minister

Driton Selmanaj – Deputy Prime Minister

Albulena Balaj – Deputy Prime Minister

Goran Rakiq – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Government Administration 

Hykmete Bajrami – Minister of Finance 

Besian Mustafa – Minister of Rural Development

Vlora Dumoshi – Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports

Anton Quni – Minister of Defense

Arban Abrashi – Minister of Infrastructure

Agim Veliu – Minister of Interior 

Armend Zemaj – Minister of Health

Selimi Selimi – Minister of Justice

Blerim Kuqi – Minister of Environment

Meliza Haradinaj – Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ramë Likaj – Minister of Education and Science

Skënder Reçica – Minister of Labor and Social Welfare

Vesel Krasniqi – Minister of Trade and Industry 

Dalivor Jevtiq – Minister for Communities and Return

Enis Kercan – Minister for Regional Development