Kosovo to determine its future with tomorrows election

Kosovars vote on Sunday in the country's first parliamentary election since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.

Kosovo to determine its future with tomorrows election

World Bulletin/News Desk

Republic of Kosovo will determine its future by casting their ballot on Sunday.

Nearly 1.6000.000 people will chose 120 in the parliamentarians Kosovo’s parliament.

Around 2.2 million people live in Kosovo, according to estimates of the statistics office, but there are no confirmed figures as the last census was conducted 30 years ago. Albanians make up an estimated 92 percent of the population, Serbs 5.3 and other ethnic groups 2.7 percent. A fresh census is scheduled next year.

Kosovo declared independence in February 2008 and has been recognized by 72 U.N. members, including the United States and 22 EU member states, but not Russia and China.

In July 2010, the International Court of Justice ruled in an advisory opinion that Kosovo's declaration of independence did not violate general international law.

Meanwhile, Turkish politicians focused to the census of population which will be held on April. Turkish origin KDTP parliament member candidate Cemil Luma said census was important than the election in the Kosovo.

He said Turkish minorities’ had to record themselves as Turkish but not Albanian.

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After a vote of no confidence in early-November brought down the minority government of Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, general elections will take place in Kosovo on December 12 2010 for the first time since it declared independence from Serbia in February 2008.

Many Kosovo Serbs, however, particularly those north of the river Ibar, are expected to boycott the ballot, with the Serbian government insisting that the conditions do not yet exist for their participation.

Though Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) is expected to come out on top, a strong showing by Vetevendosje could have a profound impact on politics in Kosovo.

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