Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said a no-confidence vote Tuesdsay in parliament that could see his government collapse could help end a political impasse by paving the way for snap elections.
The vote follows a decision by Thaci's main coalition partner, the Democratic League of Kosovo, to leave the government and bring an end to its partnership with Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo. Friction between the two partners that oversaw Kosovo's secession from Serbia has plagued the government and crippled its work for months.
Thaci told The Associated Press in an interview he believes the 120-seat legislature's vote will "lead us out of this situation."
"If the parliament decides to vote in favor of the motion of no-confidence, Kosovo will enter early elections" within 45 days, Thaci told the AP. "This will be a message for the strengthening our democracy and for a new beginning."
The support of 61 lawmakers is needed to force the government's collapse and disband the parliament.
Thaci was quick to brush aside fears that the political turmoil could upend EU-sponsored talks between Kosovo and Serbia aimed at settling a score of disputes. Belgrade has consistently contested the sovereignty of its former province, among other issues.
"Under no circumstances will this have an effect on the mutual agenda drafted between Pristina, Brussels, Washington and Belgrade," he said.