Kosovo prepares for snap general election

Kosovans go to the polls after government collapsed in May amid no-confidence vote

Kosovo prepares for snap general election

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kosovo’s electorate will head to the polls on Sunday in a snap parliamentary contest after the government in Pristina collapsed in a sudden no-confidence vote in May.

Kosovo has been at the heart of controversy in the Western Balkans, facing both internal crises between ethnic Albanian and Serbian communities as well as disputes with Belgrade, which does not recognize Pristina.

While Kosovo’s 2008 unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia is recognized by over 100 countries, including the U.S., Britain, France, Germany and Turkey, tension between Belgrade and Pristina has risen to its highest level since the EU tried to normalize relations in 2011.

The main focus of 2017's early election is on Kosovo's former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj who was detained in France in January, accused of committing war crimes in June 1999 when he was the commander of Kosovo Liberation Army.

Serbia demanded his extradition but French courts have rejected the demand.

Haradinaj was later released on bail pending court proceedings.

On Sunday, nearly two million voters will select Kosovo’s new government from among 19 political parties, five pre-election alliances and two civil initiatives. Thousands of international observers will also monitor voting.

Campaigning ended on Friday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Haziran 2017, 12:11