Kosovo stages partial election re-run

Kosovo stages a partial election re-run on Sunday that could sharply cut incumbent premier Hashim Thaci's margin of victory.

Kosovo stages partial election re-run

Kosovo stages a partial election re-run on Sunday that could sharply cut incumbent premier Hashim Thaci's margin of victory.

Fraud was suspected in December's election in a number of strongholds of Thaci's PDK party accounting for about 10 percent of the national vote, and analysts say his winning margin will shrink from its current 10 percentage points.

Thaci's PDK party won 33.5 percent of the votes on Dec. 12, with the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), his former coalition partner, second on 23.6 percent.

Analysts in Pristina estimate the PDK may lose up to 5 percentage points if there are no fresh irregularities, but will still remain in first place.

Formation of a coalition was already likely to be tough in the poorest country in the Balkans as the three next biggest parties have all said they will not govern with Thaci.

The state prosecutor's office said it had received 133 complaints about irregularities in the voting on Dec. 12, and was considering bringing criminal charges.

In two of the PDK strongholds where the vote is being rerun, turnout was over 90 percent, compared to a national average of 48 percent.

This is certain to complicate the formation of a government.



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