The resistance leftist Vetevendosje (self – determination) party looked set to emerge in Kosovo’s parliamentary poll, but it might need to negotiate a coalition to form a government.
Preliminary results revealed that it had won 26 percent of votes with 82 percent of ballots counted, although the other opposition party — the center-right Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) — won 25% of votes.
The election occurred after Prime Minister Ramush Harra-din-aj resigned before questioning from the Hague via an investigation into war crimes in Serbia two years past.
The Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) was 21% as a list led by the incoming prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, who obtained 11.5percent of votes.
It indicates a new era for politics at the Balkan state, whose direction has been formerly dominated by figureheads by the nation’s late-1990s cultural struggle and war of independence.
Kosovo became separate from Serbia in 2008.
Crucial issues for Republicans were the nation’s deep-rooted corruption and also a peace agreement with Serbia that could pave the way for membership of the United Nations.
The election was called after Haradinaj resigned in July when he had been summoned to appear in front of a war crimes court.
There were questions about Haradinaj’s function from the 1998-99 war among the commanders of the former Kosovo Liberation Army who fought for independence from Serbia.
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.
Kosovo’s election is controlled by over 34,000 monitors, including 100 in the European Union.
The peace agreement with Serbia is fundamental in the electoral debate.
Twenty years later Serbian forces were expelled from Kosovo by NATO bombing, Belgrade won’t recognize Kosovo as separate. Serbia and its ally Russia have 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 small progress was made.
Talks with Serbia
This past year, Kosovan President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic signaled they may agree to a land swap but 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 population, with a mean age of 29, and has witnessed annual economic growth averaging 4 percent within the last ten years, but it stays weak.
“It disturbs me once I see young, educated individuals from Kosovo coming to Germany since they do not find a future,” Skender Nekaj, 44, who arrived from Germany to Kosovo to vote with seven other relatives, told Reuters.
The general public sector is the largest employer in the nation but a candidate normally 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,” Qendrim Agushi, 32, a building worker who earns 13 euros every day, told Reuters.