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Surroi: Good news before October 6 (Koha Ditore)

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Publicist Veton Surroi writes in an opinion piece that the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kosovo, which will be held on October 6, “have produced good news even before they are held” because the new government could be led by either Vetevendosje’s (VV) Albin Kurti or LDK’s Vjosa Osmani, the Haradinaj-led Alliance for the Future of Kosovo has signed a coalition with the Social Democratic Party long before the deadline for pre-election coalitions, and the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) is trying to lead the war on corruption and nepotism. On Vetevendosje, Surroi writes that it has displayed consistency in its political positions, and it has proved that it can move from the margins toward the centre or towards people that are not necessarily supporters of the VV. “During the years of resistance toward bad-governance and the damaging of state interests, VV and Kurti in particular have proved they have the capacity to seek alliances in Kosovo and abroad. The one-year work between VV and the LDK to create a ruling coalition created a completely new dimension between the two parties … Kurti’s last step offering that Vjosa Osmani heads the list of a pre-election coalition with the LDK, shows the maturity of a party that aims to govern”. According to Surroi, Vjosa Osmani could bring the biggest change in the LDK since the passing of late party leader and Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova. “The fact that the LDK … managed to have full consensus for a female candidate for Prime Minister as a result of her merits, speaks volumes about the evolution of the LDK led by Mustafa. And the fact that a female candidate for Prime Minister from the LDK does not sound like a slogan of activists, but as a real possibility, as in the case of Albin Kurti, is sign of an important movement in Kosovar society. The civic and intellectual discourse of these two candidates to run the government may seem as normality in other societies, but only now normality seems to have a chance to turn into a real possibility”. On the coalition between Haradinaj’s AAK and the PSD led by Shpend Ahmeti, Surroi says it marks an important step forward and that it shows that they are not making desperate moves but “aiming to coordinate resources and interests”. Commenting on the PDK’s top election priority on the war against nepotism and corruption, Surroi argues that it would not be a surprise for any society in Europe, but that Kosovo is not like any other European country and the PDK is not like any party in other countries. “The Democratic Party of Kosovo was born and developed as an organisation built on different criminal activities aimed at seizing the state through corruption and nepotism. The moment when the PDK declares war against corruption and nepotism (and crime) it has declared war on itself … The decision of the PDK leadership shows courage”.

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