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Kosovo's new govt is led by 1st prime minister unaligned with former separatists fighters

  • Newly elected Prime Minister of Kosovo and Leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) Isa Mustafa, makes a speech after being elected at the assembly in capital Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The new cabinet got 73 votes in favour, while 38 lawmakers voted against and 2 abstained in the 120-seat legislature. Isa Mustafa, head of the Democratic League of Kosovo was named prime minister of a coalition government coined with former Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo. Thaci won the June 8 poll but faced an opposition bloc that refused to govern with him amid allegations of high level corruption and an international investigation into organ trafficking. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Newly elected Prime Minister of Kosovo and Leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) Isa Mustafa, makes a speech after being elected at the assembly in capital Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The new cabinet got 73 votes in favour, while 38 lawmakers voted against and 2 abstained in the 120-seat legislature. Isa Mustafa, head of the Democratic League of Kosovo was named prime minister of a coalition government coined with former Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo. Thaci won the June 8 poll but faced an opposition bloc that refused to govern with him amid allegations of high level corruption and an international investigation into organ trafficking. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kosovo lawmakers vote for the new government lead by newly elected Prime Minister of Kosovo Isa Mustafa at the assembly in capital Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The new cabinet got 73 votes in favour, while 38 lawmakers voted against and 2 abstained in the 120-seat legislature. Isa Mustafa, head of the Democratic League of Kosovo was named prime minister of a coalition government coined with former Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo. Thaci won the June 8 poll but faced an opposition bloc that refused to govern with him amid allegations of high level corruption and an international investigation into organ trafficking. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Kosovo lawmakers vote for the new government lead by newly elected Prime Minister of Kosovo Isa Mustafa at the assembly in capital Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The new cabinet got 73 votes in favour, while 38 lawmakers voted against and 2 abstained in the 120-seat legislature. Isa Mustafa, head of the Democratic League of Kosovo was named prime minister of a coalition government coined with former Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo. Thaci won the June 8 poll but faced an opposition bloc that refused to govern with him amid allegations of high level corruption and an international investigation into organ trafficking. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Newly elected Prime Minister of Kosovo and Leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) Isa Mustafa, foreground, walks after being elected at the assembly in capital Pristina, Kosovo, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The new cabinet got 73 votes in favour, while 38 lawmakers voted against and 2 abstained in the 120-seat legislature. Isa Mustafa, head of the Democratic League of Kosovo was named prime minister of a coalition government coined with former Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo. Thaci won the June 8 poll but faced an opposition bloc that refused to govern with him amid allegations of high level corruption and an international investigation into organ trafficking. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Newly elected Prime Minister of Kosovo and Leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) Isa Mustafa, foreground, walks after being elected at the assembly in capital Pristina, Kosovo, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The new cabinet got 73 votes in favour, while 38 lawmakers voted against and 2 abstained in the 120-seat legislature. Isa Mustafa, head of the Democratic League of Kosovo was named prime minister of a coalition government coined with former Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo. Thaci won the June 8 poll but faced an opposition bloc that refused to govern with him amid allegations of high level corruption and an international investigation into organ trafficking. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

Legislators have approved a new coalition government in Kosovo, including the first prime minister who has had no association with the guerrilla fighters who won the territory's independence from Serbia in 2008.

A general election was held in Kosovo June 8, but bickering among political rivals had prevented the formation of a new government until Tuesday's 65 percent vote of approval.

Isa Mustafa, head of the pacifist Democratic League of Kosovo, was named prime minister. The government will include former Prime Minister Hashim Thaci of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, who will serve as Mustafa's deputy and Kosovo's foreign minister.

Thaci led the fighters of Kosovo's successful separatist war against Serbia in 1998-99. He and his allies were accused of using violence and intimidation to control Kosovo's first governments.