Results of the Kosovo Snap Elections

Kosovo Central Election Commission (CEC) announced on Tuesday October 8th  the preliminary results of the snap parliamentary elections after counting 100% of the votes cast on the territory of Kosovo.

Two opposition parties received the most support from Albanian voters. Albin Kurti’s Self-Determination Party is leading among the political forces with 25.48% (202968 votes), followed by Isa Mustafa’s Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) with 24.82% (197702 votes).

Kurti perceives Isa Mustafa as his coalition partner and if the two parties reach a coalition agreement, they have the potential to form an independent government, without seeking support from other political forces. Isa Mustafa, the leader of the oldest Kosovo party – LDK, underlined that his party has no intention of re-entering coalition relations with the Democratic Party of Kosovo. He extrapolates that the priority of the new government should be to improve the economic situation, which he believes is the main reason for the massive emigration of young Albanians to Western Europe.

Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), which has ruled during the last 12 years, remained in third place with 21.24%, while the coalition between the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) of the former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and Shpend Ahmeti’s Social Democratic Party of Kosovo (PSD) occupies the fourth position with 11.57% (92149 votes).

The election results show a significant decline in the electoral support for Ramush Haradinaj’s AAK, although prior to the elections he entered in a coalition with PSD of Shpend Ahmeti, a former member of the leadership of Self-Determination Party. This coalition was backed by the businessman Florin Krasniqi, a former Self-Determination MP who returned from the United States specifically to participate in the election campaign.

Serb List receives 6.61% support (52620 votes), mainly from Northern Kosovo voters, which will allow them to have 10 seats in the future Kosovo parliament.

Self-Determination Party leader Albin Kurti, who could be nominated for Prime Minister, said after the election that his party would not be coalitioned with the Serb List, and underlined his firm position that tariffs on Serbian goods in Kosovo would not be abolished. Kurti has repeatedly stated that his party supports a unification between Kosovo and Albania even before full membership in the EU is achieved.

 The turnout was 43.2%, which represents 796380 out of the 1937868 voters. In the context of the increased turnout in Northern Kosovo, the rest of the electorate, especially the Kosovo Albanians, have demonstrated their disappointment with the current political reality in the country.

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