Muhaxhiri: Elections Make Sense Only If They Change Kosovo's Position on the Community of Serb Municipalities

Artan Muhadžiri
Source: Kosovo Online

Political analyst Artan Muhaxhiri states that under the current circumstances, there is no need for new elections because everything will repeat itself, as all polls show that Self-Determination has a significant lead and will certainly win the new elections. However, he adds, if the idea is that there will be a change in Kosovo's position in the dialogue with Serbia, particularly regarding the Self-Determination (CSM), then it makes sense to hold elections.

"The most important thing is to find a solution—what will happen after the elections. If Self-Determination wins again and is faced with the same problems—the dialogue, the Association of Serb Municipalities—this will mean that the deadlock will continue. However, if the idea is that there will be a change in Kosovo's position in the dialogue and especially regarding the Community of Serb Municipalities, then new elections make sense. Meanwhile, the opposition is unprepared, and unfortunately, I think the debate will not produce any quality results if quick elections are planned," Muhaxhiri told Kosovo Online.

Given that only the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (DPK), Memli Krasniqi, responded to Kurti's invitation for a meeting with opposition leaders, the question arose whether the DPK would join a new government with Self-Determination. Muhaxhiri said there is a significant gap between the ideological positions of Self-Determination and the DPK.

"In Kosovo politics, however, nothing is impossible. If this coalition were formed, it would be very bad for the DPK because Kurti is very powerful now and will completely dominate the next government, regardless of who is with him. Therefore, I believe it is not a good calculation for the DPK to join Self-Determination because they haven't been in government for several years, and even if they entered such a government, they still wouldn't have the opportunity to present themselves in the best light due to Kurti's dominance," Muhaxhiri explained.

He added that the Democratic League of Kosovo (DSK) strongly opposes Kurti, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) led by Ramush Haradinaj is a small party, and Kurti will need a larger ally if he wants a stable government.