Elections in Kosovo: Analysis of the first results

Support for the party of prime minister Thaci (PDK-Democratic Party of Kosovo) has not dropped in the local government elections that took place on November 3 in Kosovo and according to the prime minister, his party was the winning political force. The opposition represented by LDK-Democratic League of Kosovo of the late president Ibrahim Rugova, has strengthened its position and claims that it’s the winning political party of these elections. AAK-Alliance for the Future of Kosovo of the former prime minister, who was tried in Hague for war crimes and then acquitted, had good results, which for Ramush Haradinaj are surprising. On the other hand, the radicals of Self Determination, led by Albin Kurti, have achieved high results.

Thus, what happened in Greece with Golden Dawn or in Italy with “Cinque Stelle”, where these new political forces obtained surprising results in the elections, seems to happen in Kosovo too, because Self Determination has seen a significant growth, by managing to become a factor of runoff in important cities of Kosovo, including Pristina.

The runoff

The majority of large communes in Kosovo have seen a runoff, therefore a second round of elections will take place in them. According to the data published by the Central Election Commission, race will continue in communes such as Pristina, Djakovitza, Prizren, Mitrovica, Pec, Gjilan, Malisheva, Suhareka, Rahovec and other communes. In Pristina, the runoff is expected to take place between the candidate of LDK, Isa Mustafa and representative of Self Determination, Shpend Ahmeti. A novelty in these elections is the Serb List, a subject sponsored by Belgrade and which has caused a runoff in the communes of Serb majority.

The runoff race for the heads of the communes is expected to take place on December 1.

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