Kosovo’s Parliament voted in a new government on Monday with Albin Kurti, of the Self-Determination party, as the Prime Minister, with 66 deputies in favour and ten abstained, N1 reported.
Kurti recommended two local Serbs for ministers, as stipulated by Kosovo’s Constitution.
Dalibor Jevtic should head the Ministry of Communities and Return and Ivan Milojevic the Ministry of Regional Development. Both are members of the Serb List, the political party supported by Belgrade.
The third member of a minority group to head a ministry should be Emilija Rexhepi, a Bosniak, in charge of Local Administration.
Kurti’s party and its coalition partner, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), will have six ministries and a deputy minister each.
Later on Monday Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci congratulated his country for forming a new government after last October’s general vote.
The US ambassador to Kosovo, the German embassy and the EU representative tweeted regards and welcomed the formation of the new government.
Congratulations on the formation of the new government. I look forward to working with all of Kosovo’s institutions, other parties, and civil society stakeholders to strengthen justice & prosperity and help#Kosovobuild peaceful relations with its neighbors.— Ambassador Philip S. Kosnett (@USAmbKosovo)February 3, 2020
We all waited a lot for this moment,#Kosovo's new government is there. Congratulations to country and people after it took so long. will be there to support for shared goals. To new prime minister@albinkurtiand his team: Lot's of strength & courage.https://t.co/da1Sfmaad2pic.twitter.com/tyBE3Bgdgc— Ambassador Christian Heldt (@GermanAmbKOS)February 3, 2020
Important day for#Kosovo! Congrats to the new Government! Look forward to working with Prime Minister@albinkurti& all members of the Government on our joint European agenda for the people of Kosovopic.twitter.com/CK074vkFpz— Nataliya Apostolova (@ApostolovaEU)February 3, 2020
Diplomats also greeted Vjosa Osmani, as the first female Parliament Speaker in Kosovo.
Congratulations now to the new first ever female speaker of the Assembly of#Kosovo,@VjosaOsmaniMP. You take on a huge responsibility, as in every parliamentary democracy the Assembly is the highest political institution expressing the will of the people. Good luck!pic.twitter.com/Q9M1gyUyZl— Ambassador Christian Heldt (@GermanAmbKOS)February 3, 2020