After taking office as Prime Minister Kurti announced at a press conference that all decisions of the former government will be reviewed after July 19, 2019, the day on which former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned.
This Wednesday 12 February 2020, Albin Kurti brought together the new government, which is expected to make important decisions in order to deliver on electoral promises regarding social policies. The meeting also discussed, among other things, the rule approved by the previous government at the end of 2017, which provided for an increase in the salary for the prime minister, cabinet members and many government officials.
So there is talk of the repeal of the measure taken by his predecessor, thus reducing the salary of himself, ministers, deputy ministers and many other senior officials. The decision to raise government wages was made by former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj in late 2017, with an increase in the monthly salary from 1.500 to 2.950 euros gross per month. The decision had been the subject of many protests and irony, when some young people had bought two hundred ties for Haradinaj "so he doesn't need to increase his salary to buy clothes"
In the meantime, it is not yet known what the pay cuts will be for senior officials. In addition, Kurti announced that he would review all the decisions of the former government after July 19, 2019, the day on which former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned.
Former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj called the Kurti government's decision on wages today a misleading narrative , the same that according to him, brought Vetëvendosje to the executive. Haradinaj wrote on Facebook that the salary decision is pure political demagoguery and also incomprehensible, as the Constitutional Court has not yet ruled on the matter.
“Today's decision to cut cabinet wages is a completely incomprehensible political act when it is already known that the final verdict of the Constitutional Court should arrive within a few days, so that for this month the wages will be the same. Today's act is a perfect ordinary deception for the titles of the portals, in order to obtain rapid political credit at the expense of the country's constitutional principles ", he wrote.
Haradinaj says that with only one week in office, the government has set a dangerous and undemocratic disrespect standard for the Constitutional Court.
So, a little over a week after the ruling, a dangerous new standard of disrespect for the Constitutional Court was established as the supreme authority that determines the compatibility of laws with the Constitution. A normal government would suspend all actions (including political ones) on the matter, and would wait with respect until the final decision of the Constitutional Court ", said the former prime minister.
Albin Kurti has been Kosovo's premier since February 3, 2020. It has come to the government after a long negotiation between his Movement for Self-determination and LDK (Democratic League of Kosovo). Yesterday 12 February 2020 he had gone to Albania for his first official visit abroad.