The 6 October will be held the anticipated parliamentary elections in Kosovo, as confirmed by the Kosovar president Hashim Thaçi on Monday 26 August.
"On the basis of constitutional and legal responsibilities, President Thaçi has decided that the early elections for the assembly of the Republic of Kosovo will be held on October 6 2019.
[...] The president instructs the central electoral commission to conduct all necessary actions for the organization and conduct of elections for the assembly of the Republic of Kosovo in accordance with this decision and the legislation."- reads the presidential statement issued by the Kosovar media.
Also on Monday, President Thaçi himself dissolved the Kosovar parliament, a few days after the deputies voted in favor of such an action. Meanwhile, in view of the upcoming elections, the Democratic League of Kosovo has announced that it has nominated Vjosa Osmani as a prime minister, thus writing a page of history of the country since a woman has never been a candidate for this role in the past.
Early elections: the reason
In early elections it came later resignation the 19 last July of Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. The resignation came following the convocation of the same Haradinaj at the Special Tribunal for the Crimes of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK the Albanian acronym) at the Hague. The Court was established after a Council of Europe Report released in the 2015.
The Report denounced serious incidents of war crimes of which both normal soldiers and officers of the KLA had been spotted during the two-year war (1998-99) and also in the period immediately following.
In this perspective, Ramush Haradinaj was summoned by the Special Court to be questioned about the actions taken in those years. Haradinaj explained that he preferred resignation and did not play the role of prime minister while suspected of war crimes. All this to maintain the integrity of the highest role in the Kosovo executive.