DPK agrees Pacoli be appointed as future Kosovo president
15. February 2011. | 16:36 16:46
Source: Tanjug, Zëri, Koha Ditore
Top leadership of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (DPK), headed by Hasim Thaci, decided late on Monday to offer the presidential position in the government coalition to Alliance for a New Kosovo (ANK) leader Bedzet Pacoli.
DPK deputy leader Hajredin Kuci stated that the decision was adopted after a three-hour discussion in the DPK's top leadership.
The decision of DPK heads was adopted by a consensus, Kuci said and noted that DPK officials will be appointed for the positions of prime minister and parliament speaker.
Steering Council of the PDK in a three-hour meeting yesterday annulled its previous decision to nominate Jakup Krasnici for president of Kosovo and ruled in favour of AKR leader, Behgjet Pacolli, for the post. Koha Ditore and Express both report that the decision to support Pacolli for president was not voted at the PDK but was reached through consensus.
“They didn’t want to vote but the members were only asked who is in favour and who is against,” a source told Koha Ditore.
“Steering Council has decided to share main posts with AKR, of course to give the president’s post to AKR while other decisions on ministries will be subject of discussions between PDK and AKR,” Zëri quotes PDK deputy leader Hajredin Kuci as saying.
Over the next few days, the two ethnic-Albanian parties should discuss the distribution of ministries, Kuci underscored.
The condition under which Pacoli can become Kosovo president is for his party (the ANK) to form a coalition with Taci's party (the DPK).
Pristina-based media reported late on Monday that the ANK will be offered three ministries in case it decides to form a coalition with the DPK.
The DPK decided that Hasim Thaci should be appointed Kosovo prime minister, while Jakup Krasnici should run for parliament speaker.
Thaci hopes that the future coalition would have the support of Serb MPs and MPs of other non-Albanian communities. In this case, the government would be backed by at most 65 out of 120 MPs.
Two or three ministries should be offered to Serbs, while ethnic minorities and DSK-Ibrahim Rugova List deputy Uk Rugova should be offered one ministry each.