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Published December 11, 2015
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.