Kosovo Parties Form Coalition

January 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP


Kosovo's rival parties struck a power-sharing deal Monday to form a government that is expected to declare independence from Serbia this year.

Former rebel leader Hashim Thaci said his Democratic Party of Kosovo would govern alongside its key opponent, President Fatmir Sejdiu's Democratic League of Kosovo. The two party leaders signed the deal, which is to be voted on Wednesday by the province's 120-seat assembly.

''The No. 1 commitment of this government and of all Kosovo citizens is to formalize Kosovo as an independent, democratic state,'' prime minister-designate Thaci told reporters.

Both parties have backed statehood for the province, where the population is more than 90 percent ethnic Albanian.