Serbia’s parliament has approved the formation of a coalition government. The vote came just before the final deadline of midnight last night, avoiding the need for fresh elections to be called. The new administration clinched 133 seats in the 250 capacity house. It will be made up of the country’s main pro-democracy parties and be led by the acting Prime Minister, moderate nationalist Vojislav Kostunica.
“Serbia needs stability, that means stable government, and I am convinced after forming a new government that Serbia is guaranteed stability and future development, and I have in mind discussions about the future status of Kosovo,” he said.
Serbia is opposed to a plan drawn up by United Nations envoy Martti Ahtisaari allowing Kosovo qualified independence. The province has been administered by the UN since 1999, when a NATO bombing campaign ended a Serb offensive against ethnic Albanians.
The future of Kosovo as well as Belgrade’s co-operation with the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague are likely to be top priorities for the new government, which is keen to resume talks with Brussels over full membership of the European Union.