Opposition parties emerge as winners in Kosovo elections
Kosovo: opposition party wins elections
Leader of the leading party &# 171; Self-determination&# 187; enlisted the support of voters on promises to fight corruption
Kosovo’s anti-establishment Self-Determination Party is winning parliamentary elections on Sunday, exit poll results show. This could further complicate Western efforts to settle years of territorial disputes..
A joint exit poll between PIPOS and Kosova Klan showed that Self-Determination received 41.8 percent of the vote, while another opposition force, the Democratic Party of Kosovo, only 16.5 percent..
The ruling Democratic League of Kosovo is projected to come in third with 15.2 percent of the vote. Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, seen by analysts as a powerful force, gains 7.2 percent.
Self-Determination leader Albin Kurti, who served as prime minister for five months last year, has garnered support on anti-corruption pledges and claims of no compromise in dialogue with Serbia, which lost control of Kosovo in 1999..
“Kosovo, as an independent state, is once again addressing its people this Sunday as the source of sovereignty,” Kurti told reporters after voting. “We must vote with love for the country.”.
According to exit polls, Self-Determination is unlikely to win a majority of 61 seats in parliament, and the party will have to look for a coalition partner to form a government.
“We are faced with many challenges: the problem with Serbia, the pandemic, the strengthening of the state,” said Ramush Haradinaj, head of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo..
Serbia, backed by Russia, does not recognize the independence of Kosovo, citing the need to protect the Serb minority. Negotiators from the EU and the US failed to reach a compromise that would allow Kosovo to join international organizations such as the UN and NATO.
With a third of the country’s working-age population unemployed and a GDP per capita of $ 4,300, Kosovo remains the poorest country in the Western Balkans..
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