New Kosovo Alliance


New Kosovo Alliance (Albanian: Aleanca Kosova e Re, AKR) is a liberal[1] political party in Kosovo. The party was founded on 3 May 2006, by Behgjet Pacolli, a businessman. He is the founding owner of Mabetex, the Swiss-based project-engineering firm that has managed significant engineering projects ranging from restorations in the White House in the United States to the rebuilding of the Kremlin in Moscow.

New Kosovo Alliance

Aleanca Kosova e Re
LeaderBehgjet Pacolli
Founded3 May 2006; 15 years ago (2006-05-03)
HeadquartersPristina
IdeologyLiberalism[1]
Political positionCenter[2] to center-left[3]
Regional affiliationLiberal South East European Network
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party
ColoursBlue, Yellow
Assembly
1 / 120
Municipalities
0 / 38
Councillors
36 / 994
Website
www.akr-ks.eu

Up until 17 November 2007, the AKR had not taken part in any elections as it was a new political organization. The party enjoyed significant support in Kosovo, with the April 2007 survey of BBSS Gallup International/Index suggesting that the AKR was the fourth-largest political party in Kosovo with 8% support amongst those surveyed. The survey showed that the AKR was lagging behind the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) (26%), Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) (17%), and the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (9%).[4]

The AKR first ran candidates in the Kosovo elections which were held on 17 November 2007. The party won 12.3% of the vote and 13 seats in the assembly of Kosovo, making it the third-largest party in the nation. It was the largest official opposition party to the coalition government of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), led by Hashim Thaçi at the time.

On 22 February 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected as President of Kosovo by the members of Parliament. Immediately after becoming President, he resigned as the head of the AKR due to the Constitutional requirements that the head of the state cannot hold two different political functions simultaneously once in power.

On 4 April 2011, President Pacolli stepped down after his election as President was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court of Kosovo. Most opposition members of parliament had boycotted the presidential vote due to their dissatisfaction with the candidates, and the court ruled this invalidated the election. President Pacolli earned respect for choosing to step down voluntarily and prevent the country from engaging in a political crisis. Many observers and foreign dignitaries, such as the United States ambassador to Kosovo, William Christopher Dell, commended the former President for his action.

The coalition government of the PDK and AKR continued, and the former president was appointed on 8 April 2011 as the first deputy prime minister of Kosovo. He was charged with leading a special task force to lobby for the recognition of the independence of Kosovo throughout the world.

Behgjet Pacolli was expected to return to leading the AKR by the end of July 2011. Rrahim Pacolli was to return to the post of general secretary of the party. Due to his efforts, in 2007 the party had gained its highest electoral success.

Election results


YearVotes %SeatsPosition+/–Government
200770,16512.3%
13 / 120
3rd13Opposition
201050,9517.29%
8 / 120
5th 5Coalition
201434,1704.67%
0 / 120
7th 8Extra-parliamentary
2017Part of the LAA Coalition
4 / 120
3rd 4Coalition
2019Part of the coalition with NISMA and PSD
2 / 120
6th 2Government support
2021 Part of the LDK list
1 / 120
3rd 1 Opposition

See also


References


  1. Nordsieck, Wolfram (2021). "Kosovo". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  2. Hoare, Liam (20 February 2013). "Why Kosovo Still Matters". The Atlantic.
  3. "Kosovo | European Election Watch". Center for Strategic and International Studies. 2019.
  4. "Current political affairs in Kosova", Index Kosova, April 2007