Kosovo government collapses in aftermath of court ruling against president

[JURIST] The government of Kosovo dissolved its parliament [press release, in Albanian] Tuesday after the coalition led by the Democratic League of Kosovo (DLK) fell to a vote of no confidence brought by the opposition. The DLK's parliamentary majority was lost in September when its leader, then-president Fatmir Sejdiu, resigned [JURIST report] after the Constitutional Court [official website] ruled [press release] that his dual roles as head of the DLK and president violated the country's constitution. After dismantling the government Tuesday, acting president Jakup Krasniqi [official profile] announced that elections will be held on December 12 to form a new parliament, pursuant to Article 66 of the Kosovo Constitution [text, PDF], which requires parliamentary elections within 45 days of the passage of a vote of no confidence. The move is expected to complicate [AFP report] anticipated diplomatic negotiations with Serbia, as well as the country's intensifying bid [BBC report] to join the EU. The coalition government had ruled the fledgling republic since it declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.

In July, the Serbian National Assembly [official website] passed a resolution [JURIST report] that Serbia would never recognize Kosovo's independence. Earlier that month, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled that Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia [JURIST reports] did not violate international law. In June, a group of 25 countries that recognize Kosovo's independence urged the government to increase its efforts [JURIST report] to battle crime and corruption after meeting with Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.

 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.