Kosovo's old guard takes fragile lead in snap polls

The alliance dubbed the "war wing" by Kosovo's media, and led by the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) of President Hashim Thaci, won 35.78 percent of votes, based on a count of nearly 70 percent of ballots.

Kosovo's old guard takes fragile lead in snap polls

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kosovo's snap parliamentary election Sunday looked likely to usher in a period of uncertainty, with the old guard of former guerrilla fighters in the lead but lacking an outright majority against parties calling for change, official early results showed.

But the nationalist left-wing Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party appeared to roughly double its support since the last election, bagging 24.08 percent of votes after pledging to take on rampant corruption.

A third centre-right coalition was also poised to take nearly a quarter of votes, in what was only the third legislative election since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

Both PDK and Vetevendosje supporters took to the streets of the capital Pristina to celebrate.

Ramush Haradinaj, the war wing's candidate for prime minister, told supporters that Kosovo had "given victory" to his coalition, which would work to form a government.

It seemed unlikely however that he and his allies would reach 51 seats in the 120-member parliament, a level of support that would allow them to govern in coalition with the 10 deputies representing Kosovo's non-Serb minorities, such as ethnic Turks and Roma.

Most of Kosovo's 1.8 million people are ethnic Albanian.

The country's Serb minority also automatically gets 10 representatives in the assembly, but the full distribution of seats would not be clear until Monday or later in the week. 

Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti hailed the result as a "huge victory" as he addressed his followers.

He said the party, which is known for its radical methods in opposition such as hurling tear gas in parliament, had "more victories ahead".


Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Haziran 2017, 12:01