Kosovo’s top court rejects call for snap polls

PRISTINA (AFP) – Kosovo’s top court on Thursday rejected outgoing premier Albin Kurti’s call for snap polls after his coalition collapsed, and backed a presidential decree asking his rivals to form a new government.

A political crisis has been brewing in Kosovo since Kurti’s government unravelled in March, less than two months after he took office.

While Kurti, a reformist bent on wresting power from the old guard, called for early elections, his rival President Hashim Thaci nominated the party that finished second in the October poll to form a new government right away.

After weighing a complaint from Kurti’s camp, the Constitutional Court said in a statement that the “contested presidential decree” was “in accordance” with the constitution.