Kosovo dismisses government in ‘no-confidence’ vote, following dispute over coronavirus response

File – Albin Kurti speaks to supporters after preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Pristina, Kosovo, October 7, 2019. (REUTERS Photo/Florion Goga)

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UPDATED 6:53 AM PT — Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lawmakers in the Republic of Kosovo recently dismissed the government of Prime Minister Albin Kurti, which has triggered a political crisis. Kurti was voted out of his position Wednesday after the majority of lawmakers voted against him in a motion of “no confidence.”

The dismissal of the official follows several disputes with the republic’s former interior minister over Kosovo’s response to the coronavirus as well as territorial tariffs.

“The issue here is not about removal of the tariff, it is about giving up on reciprocity measures against Serbia,” stated Kurti. “This is where our agreement with the Democratic League of Kosovo has been breached, because it was requested that the tariff be removed without reciprocity and this is a mistake.”

It remains unclear how Kosovo’s government plans to proceed as it is currently unable to hold snap elections due to the pandemic.

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