War wing wins Kosovo elections
17 June, 2017
No single party would be able to govern alone in Kosovo, according to the non official results of snap elections, held last Sunday. The alliance dubbed the "war wing" by Kosovo's media, and led by the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) of President Hashim Thaci, came in first with around 35% of the vote, news wires reported. The coalition includes former PM and rebel leader Ramush Haradinaj's Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK). Haradinaj, the coalition’s nominee to be new prime minister, is requested by Serbia for alleged war crimes.
The nationalist VV, also known as Vetevendosje, lead by Albin Kurti, appeared to roughly double its support since the last election with 25 % of votes after pledging to take on rampant corruption.
The elections took place at a critical time for Kosovo and the reforms agenda, the EEAS of Federica Mogherini said, adding that EU expects all political leaders to ensure a swift formation of the government so that the EU-facilitated Dialogue with Belgrade and visa liberalisation is advanced without any further delay.