Kosovo. According to Countryaah.com, Kosovo population in 2020 is estimated at 1.8 million. political contradictions led to the formation of a new party in March by President Jakup Krasniqi and former Prime Minister Fatmir Limaj, both former members of Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi’s party PDK (Kosovo Democratic Party). They named their new party the Kosovo Initiative (Nisma).
The government raised pensions and salaried employees by 25% in March. The opposition accused the prime minister of using public funds to strengthen his own cards ahead of the parliamentary elections expected later this year.
Following strong pressure from the EU, Parliament voted in April to set up an EU-backed special court to investigate suspicions that the former Kosovo Albanian UCK guerrilla had stolen bodies from dead Serbs during the 1998-99 war. Among the suspects were several high-ranking people. The government wanted to create an army of 5,000 men by upgrading and expanding the light-armed force that existed in the country. However, the change required a constitutional change. The Serbian minority opposed the proposal, which contributed to the dissolution of parliament and elections announced slightly earlier than expected.
In the June 8 election, the PDK won again with 30% of the vote, while the largest opposition party LDK (Kosovo Democratic Alliance) received 25%. None of PDK’s former coalition partners exceeded the 5 percent barrier. Now LDK formed an alliance with two small parties and expressed its desire to take over the government. But neither party managed to get the support of a majority in Parliament. The country ended up in a serious political crisis around how the constitution would be interpreted and who had the right to even try to form government.
Only in December had a solution been reached. The two largest parties formed government, with LDK’s leader Isa Mustafa as new prime minister and Thaçi as foreign minister.