Early results point to Kosovo opposition party win in parliamentary vote

By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo's anti-establishment party Vetevendosje is set to win Sunday's parliamentary poll, preliminary results showed, further complicating Western efforts to resolve the country's decades-long territorial dispute with Serbia. The State Election Commission result, which was based on 46% of the votes counted, showed Vetevendosje in the lead with 48%, while another opposition party Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) is forecast to come second with 18.3% of the votes. The ruling Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) is forecast to come third with 13.7%, while the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) is forecast to win 8.2%

Reuters February 15, 2021 03:11:10 IST
Early results point to Kosovo opposition party win in parliamentary vote

Early results point to Kosovo opposition party win in parliamentary vote

By Fatos Bytyci

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo's anti-establishment party Vetevendosje is set to win Sunday's parliamentary poll, preliminary results showed, further complicating Western efforts to resolve the country's decades-long territorial dispute with Serbia.

The State Election Commission result, which was based on 46% of the votes counted, showed Vetevendosje in the lead with 48%, while another opposition party Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) is forecast to come second with 18.3% of the votes.

The ruling Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) is forecast to come third with 13.7%, while the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) is forecast to win 8.2%.

Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti, who served as Kosovo's prime minister for five months last year, has won support on pledges to fight widespread corruption and on a stance that there should be no compromise in a dialogue with Serbia, which lost control over Kosovo in 1999 after NATO bombed its forces.

"Kosovo as an independent state, this Sunday, is returning to its people as the source of sovereignty," Kurti told reporters after casting his vote.

"We should vote with love for the country"

According to preliminary results, Vetevendosje is not likely to secure a majority of 61 seats in parliament and will have to find a coalition partner to form a government.

"There are a lot of challenges ahead of us, we have the issue with Serbia, the pandemic situation and strengthening the state," Ramush Haradinaj, whose AAK is seen by analysts as a potential king-maker, said after casting his ballot.

Serbia, backed by Russia, does not recognise Kosovo's independence, citing the need to protect the rights of its Serb minority. Negotiators from the European Union and the United States have failed to secure a compromise to allow Kosovo to join international bodies such as the United Nations and NATO.

With one third of its workforce unemployed and a gross domestic product per capita of $4,300, Kosovo remains the poorest country in the Western Balkan region.

"People want jobs, we want to get rid of corruption," said Luljeta Emini after she cast her ballot in Pristina.

(Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; Writing by Ivana Sekularac; Editing by Mike Harrison, Frances Kerry and Gareth Jones)

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