Will Kosovo's budget plan 2014 astonish us?

He is recognized as the greatest opponent of the privatization process. Even for this he has come out on the street protesting against the privatization process of one of...

He is recognized as the greatest opponent of the privatization process. Even for this he has come out on the street protesting against the privatization process of one of the main assets of Kosovo Post and Telecom. But when it comes to the Assembly, then leader of Vetevendosje Albin Kurti makes another move, acting differently.

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In Thursday’s session – April 6, 2013, when the members of the LDK had presented recommending suspension of the sale of PTK, Kurti did not participate in the vote. He was in the Assembly hall environment, but ‘not at the right time and at the right place’ during the all points of the discussions in the assembly, Kurti did not see reasonable to sit and stand his vote against government ‘wish’ as his fellow MPs from LDK opposition party.

A man kissing Kosovo's PM Hashim Thaçi during election campaign in 2010 in Pristina, Kosovo's capital city. (Corbis Picture Vedat Xhymshiti)

A man kissing Kosovo’s PM Hashim Thaçi during election campaign in 2010 in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital city. (Corbis Picture Vedat Xhymshiti)

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p style=”text-align:justify;”>Ironically, those recommendations were rejected with equal score 38 equal 38, as the Kurti’s vote “in favor” could be decisive for his outspoken will. 

 Facsimile of voting for or against abovementioned recommendations, which is seen by “Tribuna” newspaper, suddenly misses Kurti’s name. However his party “Vetëvendosje” (Self-Determination) argues that Kurti has been ‘busy’ with some other ‘business’.

“He has had meetings and in those moments he couldn’t arrive in time to vote,” told the paper shortly Kosovo’s MP Glauk Konjufca. Newspaper has tried to get the statement by the leader of the Vetevendosje, but contact with him was impossible as he follows the same practice far beyond the reach of the press. Similar practices are well known to be used from his fellow colleagues such as PM Hashim Thaçi, Ramush Haradinaj from AAK (Alliance for the Future of Kosova) and Isa Mustafa from LDK (Democratic League of Kosova).

However, the timing of the sale of PTK has been divisive, with LDK and opposition parties claiming that there are no major investors interested in buying the company at this moment, and that the government would lose by selling while the global economy is still in crisis.

Tomorrow is expected in Kosovo Assembly to be voted for country’s budget 2014. Within the next year budget plan it is included the privatization process of the PTK. Either way, with Kurti who happened to miss on Thursday April 6th, to favor LDK’s recommendations against PTK privatization, I doubt that there’s anybody who could believe that his party or himself Mr. Kurti may or may not be involved in any process of ‘surprisingly dazing’ Kosovo’s people, regarding the privatization of PTK in Kosovo.

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