Opposition parties set to win Kosovo election

Albin Kurti and Vjosa Osmani

Tirana, Albania | 07 Oct 2019 (Tirana Echo) – Opposition parties look set to win Kosovo’s general election after claiming victory late last night.

Both left-leaning Vetëvendosje led by controversial young politician Albin Kurti and center-right Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) are expected to gather around 50% of the national vote and form a governing coalition.

The general elections were called late in the summer following a call for incumbent Prime Minister Ramush Hardinaj by the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Mr. Haradinaj was one of the key commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the war for independence against Serbia.

Both parties have promised to fight widespread corruption and stop the brain drain which has hit the small Balkan country. VV’s leader Albin Kurti is expected to knock on the door of Vjosa Osmani, the young female prime ministerial candidate of LDK in order to form a government. Kurti is expected to head a coalition government and talks with LDK are expected to be tough due to the different nature of both political parties.

While Vetëvendosje is a rebel anti-establishment nationalist group with disruptive MP’s in parliament, the LDK is Kosoo’s oldest political party which was formed by former President Ibrahim Rrugova. As both VV and LDK failed to reach an agreement prior to elections, talks are expected to last for weeks.

The clear message of Kosovo’s fourth general election since its independence in 2008 is that the majority of voters have rejected former KLA leaders and their political parties which are largely blamed for corruption, links to crime and mediocre economic policies.

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