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Kosovo Republicans eye graft and Cope with Serbia in Elections

Last updated on October 6, 2019

Deep-rooted corruption and also a peace agreement with Serbia that would pave the way for membership of the United Nations would be the chief worries of 1.9 million eligible voters in Kosovo who visit the polls on Sunday.

The snap elections, the fourth as a statement of liberty in 2008, have been predicted following Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned in July when he had been summoned to appear in front of a war crimes court.

Based on opinion polls, public dissatisfaction with Haradinaj’s record in the mind of a three-party governing coalition has fostered support for opposition parties.

Two of these parties, the Democratic League for Kosovo (LDK) and the civic, left-leaning Vetevendosje, are regarded as leading runners in Sunday’s vote, in addition to the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), the biggest party in the present coalition.

Arton Demhasaj, in the think tank Cohu (Wake Up) in Pristina, the capital,” said the first job of the new administration is going to be to resume negotiations with Serbia.

“The next administration is going to be the authorities of this dialogue, by the very first day on the last day, and just when the conversation is finished, then we’ll need to take care of real problems like corruption, education and the market,” Demhasaj told Reuters.

Negotiations were stopped a year ago when the incoming authorities enforced 100 percent tariffs on products produced in Serbia. Most, but not all, of these parties contesting the polls, have stated they will abolish the taxes but will present other retaliatory measures against Serbia.

Twenty years after NATO bombing expelled Serbian forces, Belgrade won’t recognize Kosovo as separate as well as in concert with its ally Russia, which has obstructed Pristina’s membership of international organizations such as the United Nations.

In 2013, Pristina and Belgrade consented to an EU-mediated conversation to normalize ties, but little progress was made.

This past year, Kosovan President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic signaled they might agree to a land swap. Still, they faced powerful resistance to the thought domestically and overseas.

In Kosovo, all 3 parties LDK, Vetevendosje and PDK stated the land swap wasn’t acceptable.


Kosovo has Europe’s youngest inhabitants, with a mean age of 29, and has witnessed annual economic growth averaging 4 percent within the last ten years, but it stays weak. Since Pristina gained freedom from Belgrade in 2008, over 200,000 Kosovars have emigrated and applied for asylum in the European Union.

“It disturbs me once I see young, educated individuals from Kosovo coming to Germany since they do not find a better future,” said Skender Nekaj, 44, who arrived from Germany to Kosovo to vote with seven other relatives.

The general public sector is the largest employer in the nation, but a candidate usually wants political relations or to pay a bribe to discover work.

“If you’ve got the money you can purchase justice when you have the cash, you can purchase health since you visit a private practice. I don’t have cash. My vote is the one thing I’ve got,” explained Qendrim Agushi, 32, a building worker who earns 13 euros every day.

The election is going to be modulated by over 34,000 monitors, including 100 in the European Union.

Preliminary official results are due by midnight (2200 GMT).