On 11 June snap parliamentary elections in Kosovo took place, the third election since Kosovo declared independence in 2008. The snap elections were called in May when the Kosovo government fell due to a vote of no confidence against the government. About 1.9 million Kosovars, of whom nearly half a million abroad, were registered to vote for the 120-seat parliament. Election turnout was 41.50 percent, slightly lower than the election in 2014 when turnout was 42.63 percent. Final results are expected to be announced later this week.
The coalition led by the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and the Initiative for Kosovo (Nisma) received about 34 percent of the votes with 91 percent counted. The coalition nominated AAK's Ramush Haradinaj, a former commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), as its candidate for prime minister. Serbia has issued an international warrant for his arrest on war crimes charges, Haradinaj becoming prime minister could therefore further complicate relations between the two countries.
Vetevendosje, an left wing anti-system protest movement, which ran alone, became second with more than 26 percent of the votes. In the previous elections Vetevendosje, founded in 2005 by Albin Kurti, received 14 percent of the votes. The coalition between the party of Prime Minister Mustafa, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), the New Kosovo Alliance (AKR) and Alternative, came third with more than 25 per cent of the votes. Srpska Lista, which was backed by the Serbian government, won about 6 percent and will likely get all of the 10 seats reserved for the Serbian minority in Kosovo. The preliminary results mean no single group will be able to govern alone, and forming a coalition government could thus be difficult.
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The Central Election Commission said that "there have been no problems that would gravely damage the process." The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in turn said Kosovo's elections were held in an "orderly" manner and took place "without major irregularities or incidents." Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said the victory of hard-liners in the Kosovo elections will create "a lot of difficulties and problems," but added that the European Union-mediated dialogue with Kosovo must continue.