Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Kosova's newspaper about the negotiations for future Prime Minister

Thaçi, Haradinaj wait for the president’s decision (Koha Ditore)
Koha Ditore reports on the front page that during Monday, the name of Ramush Haradinaj has been mentioned as a possibility for the post of Prime Minister or of Assembly Speaker.

However, after SRSG Jessen-Petersen certified the election results, LDK was still hesitating whether to ‘try its luck’ with AAK only or go for the ‘already tested’ model of co-government.

The paper’s source didn’t specify if offering Haradinaj the post of Assembly Speaker was done to leave an open door for PDK or if it is a calculation by LDK to take the post of prime minister.

Bota Sot quotes an unnamed source inside the LDK as saying, ‘The LDK hasn’t given up on the post of Prime Minister [yet] and such announcements are speculation by certain media outlets.’

LDK leader Ibrahim Rugova made no comment about formulas that are being discussed by his political party. Koha Ditore notes that Rugova left UNMIK headquarters after meeting SRSG Jessen-Petersen without answering journalists’ questions about this issue.

Kosova Sot quotes unofficial soucres as saying that LDK and AAK have already reached a coalition [agreement] and they would be joined by the PSHDK and IRDK. The paper’s sources from both political parties said that there are ongoing negotiations to form a coalition.