From: Exit Staff
Kosovo President Oversteps Constitutional Authority, Convinces MP to Vote for New Government

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci has convinced NISMA’s MP Haxhi Shala to vote in favor of the Hoti Government after he had publicly declared his vote against.

On 1 June, Shala announced his vote against due to “principled disagreement” within NISMA regarding the taking over of party leadership by certain individuals. NISMA has 4 MPs, and its leader Fatmir Limaj had entered a coalition agreement with the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), the second largest party in the country, to which President Thaci offered to form a new government.

However, MP Haxhi Shala announced his vote in favor of the new government today in Parliament:

“Two days ago I announced that I wouldn’t vote for this government because the NISMA party has been taken over by two people. Last night, however, after President and former Prime Minister Haradinaj visited my family, I changed my mind. My vote will be for the Hoti government for the sake of these two persons [Hashim Thaci and Ramush Haradinaj].”

The Hoti Government wouldn’t have been approved without the vote of MP Haxhi Shala. It got the minimum required of 61 votes in the 120-seat parliament.

Kosovo’s Constitution mandates the President represent the unity of the people and stay above the interests of political parties.