A coalition led by the ruling centre-right Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) came first in Kosovo’s snap parliamentary election yesterday, but it will have to find a coalition partner to form a stable government, results based on a partial vote count showed.
With 70% of votes counted, the alliance dubbed the “war wing” by Kosovo’s media, and led by the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) of President Hashim Thaci, the opposition Vetevendosje (VV) party 26.3%, and a coalition led by the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) 25.8%, the Democracy in Action non-governmental organisation said, euractiv.com reports.
The state election commission put the turnout at 41.5%, the lowest since 2008, with many Kosovars frustrated over the lack of economic progress and a deep level of corruption. In 2010 and 2014, it was 48% and 43%, respectively.
The biggest surprise was the nationalist left-wing Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party, which appeared to roughly double its support since the last election, after pledging to take on rampant corruption.
“Vetevendosje won these votes because they want to punish the governing parties,” said Ismet Kryeziu, the head of Democracy in Action. “It has to do with the high level of corruption and how the state is run,” he said.
“Voters showed they trust our coalition,” Ramush Haradinaj, the PDK-led coalition’s candidate for prime minister, told a news conference. Haradinaj is a member of the small Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK).
“With this vote now, we are obliged to form the government, and we will do that.”