Vetëvendosje sent a proposal to President Hashim Tachi on 20th January 2020, nominating their party leader Albin Kurti as the next Prime Minister. President Thaci’s mandate quickly followed and by the Kosovo Constitution, Kurti has 15 days to put together a government and present his cabinet before the Kosovo Assembly, who must be approved by majority vote in order to be elected.
Kosovo’s biggest political party after the elections on 6th October 2019, Lëvizja Vetëvendosje (LVV) is a progressive, social-democratic, Albanian nationalist political party led by Albin Kurti. As the biggest party, they have the right to nominate Kosovo’s next Prime Minister. The delay in doing so stems from a break down in coalition talks with the LDK.
The second-ranked Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) is led by Isa Mustafa. His leadership has seen the party return to a more hardline conservative stance. One of the founding members, Ibrahim Rugova was president of the party, as well as President of Kosovo, until his death on 21 January 2006.
The LDK and Vetëvendosje have been negotiating for months in order to form a government. They clashed over the contentious topic of Kosovo’s next president. This will be decided in early 2021 by the Kosovo Assembly.
Kurti met with President Thaci on 6th January 2020, yet failed to present a nomination to lead the government.