Kosovo coalition partner to file no-confidence vote in government

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PRISTINA (Reuters) – A coalition partner in the Kosovo government will file a motion for a no-confidence vote in the government following the sacking of the interior minister over a dispute whether to declare a state of emergency to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Isa Mustafa, the leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), said the sacking of the interior minister was a culmination of differences between the coalition partners on whether a tariff of 100% on goods produced in Serbia should be abolished.

Kosovo introduced the tariff in November 2018, saying it would be abolished once Belgrade recognised Kosovo. The move halted the dialogue on normalising relations between Belgrade and Pristina and angered the European Union and the United States, which backed Kosovo’s declaration of independence.

Last week, the United States halted some $50 million in aid to Kosovo over its refusal to lift the tariffs.


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