By ZENEL ZHINIPOTOKU And LL SEMAR, Associated Press
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) – The general elections released on February 14 of Kosovo’s last general elections in February showed that a leftist party held the most parliamentary seats, but fell short of an absolute majority, which Will be able to make it. A government on its own.
The Central Election Commission, which oversees the voting, said the Self-Determination Movement, or Vetevendos !, won 58 seats in a 120-seat parliament led by Albin Kurti.
Kurti, who is hoping to become the new Prime Minister, has said that he will need seats from the country’s non-Serb minority to set up his cabinet. MPs may have until May to elect the president, or the country may be forced to hold another parliamentary election.
Some of the major challenges facing Kurti will be to revive the poor nation’s economy, beat unemployment, as well as deal with the coronavirus epidemic, organized crime, and corruption.
Negotiations to normalize relations with neighboring Serbia, which stalled again last year, are not high on Kurti’s agenda despite international pressure.
The center-right Democratic League of Kosovo, which was ousted from power, won 15 seats, while the Democratic Party of Kosovo – whose main leader is in a war crimes trial in a Netherlands court – won 19 seats. Both have said that Kurti will not join a governing coalition with Vetavendoz!
The coalition won 8 seats for the future of Ramos Hardinaz’s Kosovo Party, hoping to become the next president.
Twenty seats are divided equally between parties of ethnic Serb minorities and non-Serb minorities.
The turnout was around 49%, or 4% higher than the 2019 election.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a decade after a brutal 1998–1999 battle between separatist ethnic Albanian rebels and Serb forces ended after a 78-day NATO air campaign that drove Serb troops out. And went into a peace army.
Most Western countries have recognized Kosovo, but Serbia and its allies Russia and China do not. Tensions over Kosovo remain a source of instability in the Balkans.
Kosovo’s new MPs should elect the country’s president by May. If no candidate is elected after three rounds of voting, the country may be forced to hold another early parliamentary election.
Semina reported from Tirana, Albania.
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