Kosovo’s acting Prime Minister Albin Kurti, whose cabinet did not survive a no-confidence vote late on Wednesday, fought back by dismissing his deputy Avdullah Hoti, the KoSSev website reported on Thursday, citing Kurtis’ office statement.
Out of 120 MPs, 117 attended the 12-hour-long session in Pristina’s Parliament, and 82 voted in favour of no-confidence into Kurti’s government, 32 were against, and one sustained, thus ending the shortest ever term of any Kosovo's government.
Following the fall of Kurti's government, Kosovo's analyst, publicist and journalist Veton Surroi said that "a 'secret deal' between Serbia's and Kosovo's presidents Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci became void." He added that "the taxes were now secondary issue since its lifting started with the reciprocity measures agreed by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vucic."
The MPs from the Serb List voted in favour of the no-confidence motion submitted by the MPs of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Kurti’s coalition party.
The LDK’s move followed the dismissal of their member, the Interior Minister Agim Veliu, and was supported by the opposition and minorities’ parties.
LDK, the opposition, as well as the US, wanted him out because of the dispute over the state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, but also because he decided to remove only a part of the 100 percent of import tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.