Kosovo’s parliament has confirmed President Fatmir Sejdiu, for a second term, and ex-guerrilla Hashim Thaci as prime minister. This means their respective Democratic Party and Democratic League will share power in a coalition. Western diplomats hope a broad coalition will steer Kosovo through what promises to be a turbulent transition, after Russia blocked its secession at the UN Security Council.
Thaci says Pristina will declare independence with Western backing within weeks or months. Central to Serb history and identity, the territory has been run by the UN and patrolled by NATO since 11-weeks of NATO bombing in 1999 halted Serbia’s ethnic cleansing war against Albanian rebels. The EU plans to reinforce policing and justice.