PRISTINA (AFP) – Kosovo’s two major political parties reached an agreement late Wednesday to form a coalition and end a six-month deadlock, officials said.
Outgoing Prime Minister and Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) leader Hashim Thaci and the head of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) Isa Mustafa “agreed in principle for the creation of an inter-party coalition” which would “create the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo,” President Atifete Jahjaga said in a press release.
The statement was released after Thaci and Mustafa met in Jahjaga’s office in the presence of the US Ambassador to Kosovo, Tracey Ann Jacobson.
It did not say whether Thaci, a former guerrila leader who has headed Kosovo since independence in 2008, or Mustafa would be nominated for the top government position.
However, the LDK said in a separate statement that Mustafa would become prime minister.
The agreement signals a possible end to the political stalemate that blocked Kosovo since snap elections in June, where PDK came first in the ballots but was unable to form a ruling coalition.