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Kosovo’s new parliament opens, despite no government coalition deal

Kosovo's parliament was due to have its first meeting on Thursday, despite failing to have formed a government coalition since the October 6 elections.

Kosovo‘s parliament was due to have its first meeting on Thursday, despite failing to have formed a government coalition since the October 6 elections.

The parliament was scheduled to meet at 3 pm (1400 GMT) to swear in the new lawmakers and elect the chairman and five deputies.

But the two parties with the most seats, Vetevendosje (LV) and the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), have remained unable to strike a coalition deal because of wrangling over posts in the administration.

Both parties insist Kosovo‘s president should be from their party after the incumbent Hashim Thaci’s term expires in 2021. In Kosovo, the president is elected by the parliament.

“Our offer to the PDK has expired. We cannot and will not offer more,” LV leader Albin Kurti said in a message posted to Facebook on Wednesday night.

In the new parliament, the LV has 29 seats and the LDK 28 of the 120 seats.

Thaci’s Democratic Party, which has been a part of all government over the past dozen years, has 24 but has so far been ruled out of virtually every possible coalition combination.

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