Kosovo gets a new prime minister, months after the elections

PRISTINA Kosovo Parliament voted on Monday for a new prime minister after almost four months of talks between the two main parties in the country.

He received 66 votes in favor, 10 legislators abstained and the opposition left the 120-seat parliament to protest the vote.

Kurti's left self-determination movement, or Vetevendosje!, Came first in an early election on October 6, but did not reach the majority.

Vetevendosje! He won 29 seats in parliament and is in coalition with the center-right, LDK, which won one less.

Kurti, 44, said he will reduce the number of ministries in his cabinet to 15, from 21 in the previous one.

We will be a government that will save public money. Less spending on publications and privileges for us to spend more on projects, he said in presenting his program.

The coalition talks dragged amid disagreements about who should get the position of president when the mandate of the incumbent ends in 2021.

They have parked the subject and will discuss again closer to the moment.

Each coalition partner will have six cabinet posts, while according to Kosovo 's constitution two will be allocated to the ethnic Serb minority and one to smaller minority parties.

The fight against organized crime and corruption are the main campaign platforms that helped Vetevendosje de Kurti! and LDK wins a four-year term, replacing the former ruling coalition of two center-right political groups formed by former combatants in times of war.

Resuming dialogue with Serbia on the normalization of ties, stalled since the previous government established a 100% tariff on Serbian goods, remains a major challenge.

In the last two weeks, both the U.S and the European Union have sent envoys to Pristina and Belgrade urging them to resume the dialogue.

Kurti, who spent more than 2 {years jailed in Serbia for his pro-independence activities and was released in 2001 following Western pressure on Belgrade, said he was ready to lead the Kosovo team in the future talks with Serbia.

However, he said that the 100% tariff on Serbian goods will not be eliminated, but will be replaced by reciprocity, referring to the implementation of 33 agreements signed between the two countries since 2011. He gave no further details.

With Serbia we will return to full commercial, economic and political reciprocity, he said.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said cooperation with the new Kosovo government will depend on whether it will fulfill its obligations towards the agreements already reached in the EU-mediated talks and abolish the uncivilized tariffs.

The early election was convened after Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj was summoned in July to be questioned by an international court based in the Netherlands on war crimes allegedly committed during and after the 1998-1999 war in the country.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo.

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