Quint ambassadors urged Pristina to focus on coronavirus, not politics

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At this difficult time, we call on all institutional and political leaders to focus on COVID-19 respecting the provisions of the Constitution and the powers that are granted to them through the Constitution, Quint ambassadors told Pristina in a joint statement.

“We urge them to preserve and ensure the integrity and functionality of Kosovo’s government and institutions at this critical moment,” they wrote.

Quint ambassadors also added that Pristina officials should prioritize the fight against COVID-19 over politics, noting that Quint countries have all taken extraordinary measures in this regard.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Kosovo government is facing new political instability for imposing curfews and restricting citizens’ movements without previously introducing a state of emergency.

The Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci previously urged the Kosovo Assembly to introduce a state of emergency. This decision, however, was met with opposition from the Self-determination movement. The Kurti-led Kosovo government, however, imposed a curfew yesterday without introducing a state of emergency. According to a coalition partner of the Self-determination – the LDK party, the Kosovo president and former prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, by doing so, the Kosovo government violated its constitution.

According to Article 56 of the Kosovo Constitution, which defines the rights and fundamental freedoms during a state of emergency, „deviation from the constitutionally protected rights and fundamental freedoms is allowed only after the declaration of a state of emergency and only to the extent necessary in the given circumstances“.

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