Kosova Democratic Institute (KDI) expresses its deep concern and indignation over the recent non-parliamentary acts displayed in the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, namely verbal and even physical confrontations between the MPs Xhavit Haliti and Arben Gashi. It is unacceptable for the MPs to offend one another and to physically fight. Moreover, physical violence and confrontations seriously violates the values that should be represented by the highest state institution. The Kosovo Assembly as the highest state institution should serve as a place where values of democracy and human rights are promoted, rather than turning into an arena where clashes and insults are normal.
KDI considers it unacceptable the attempt to ban the free speech in the Assembly, and especially the tendencies to provoke physical assault and confrontation among the deputies. In the last three years, the Assembly of Kosovo has failed to fulfill its functions, precisely because of political clashes. This ineffective Assembly do not need such scenes, which undoubtedly represent a drastic violation of the purpose of the vote that these deputies have received from the citizens.
The Kosovo Assembly should not return to the arena to solve personal problems using charges against each other and denigrating discourse, which is in conflict with the constitutional obligations of the elected. Therefore, KDI urges for immediate measures to be taken against MPs who irresponsibly denigrate the work of the Assembly and the trust of their voters.