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Kosovo: Opposition wins parliamentary election – Vetevendosje and LDK lie ahead



In the early parliamentary elections in Kosovo, the previous opposition is ahead. After culling 80 percent of the vote, the electoral commission announced: The parties Vetevendosje and the moderate-conservative Democratic League of Kosovo ( LDK ) won with 26 and 25 percent of the votes.

  

The Democratic Party of Kosovo ( PDK ), which emerged from the former rebel movement and was in power since 2007, received 21.2 percent. Party leader Kadri Veseli acknowledged the defeat: "We accept the people's decision, the PDK switches to the opposition."

  

The Alliance for the Future of Kosovo ( AAK ) of Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj now only reached 11.6 percent. The three parties PDK, AAK and Nisma had formed the previous government. It was called the "War Coalition" because all of these parties emerged from the Uprising Militia KLA, which fought against Serbian rule in the 1990s.

  

  

According to the electoral commission, voter turnout was 44 percent, 2.5 percentage points higher than in 2017. The early election was necessary because of the resignation of Prime Minister Haradinaj, who has been in office since 2017, in July. He had to undergo a questioning by the Kosovo Special Court in The Hague. The former regional commander of the Uprising militia, the KLA, is confronted with allegations of war crimes in the 1990s.

  

The UÇK uprising of 1998/99 had resulted in a massive Serbian repressive wave of killings and expulsions of Kosovo Albanian civilians. NATO had intervened in 1999 with bombing against Serbia, so that Belgrade withdrew its administration and security forces from Kosovo. From 1999 to 2008 Unmik had managed the country.

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