Kosovo parties agree to end nation’s political deadlock

By Fatos Bytyci ,Reuters

PRISTINA — Kosovo’s main political parties agreed on Wednesday to end a political deadlock and avoided snap elections after the president was forced to quit last week. The parties also proposed Atifete Jahjaga, the deputy police commander, to become the first female president of Kosovo since it declared its independence from Serbia three years ago. She would serve until next year when parliament will change the constitution to provide for direct election of president. The agreement by the governing PDK and AKR parties and the main opposition LDK party calls for elections in 2013, a year earlier than scheduled.

The head of the main opposition Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Isa Mustafa, expressed his support for the agreement, which was reached under the mediation of the United States ambassador to Kosovo, Christopher Dell, whose country is the main backer of Kosovo’s independence. Former president Behgjet Pacolli was forced to quit last week after the constitutional court ruled his election by the parliament a month ago was illegal. A stable government is needed for the country of two million people to continue with its economic reforms and technical talks with Serbia.