The head of the leading “Self-Determination” party won support from voters on promises to fight corruption
Kosovo’s anti-establishment Vetëvendosje party wins Sunday’s parliamentary elections, exit poll results show. This could further complicate Western efforts to resolve years of territorial disputes.
A joint exit poll by the PIPOS Institute and the Kosova Klan television channel showed that Self-Determination gets 41.8 percent of the vote, while another opposition force, the Democratic Party of Kosovo, gets only 16.5 percent.
The ruling Democratic League of Kosovo is projected to be in third place with 15.2 percent of the vote. “Alliance for Kosovo’s Future,” in which analysts saw an influential force, is gaining 7.2 percent.
Self-Determination leader Albin Kurti, who served as prime minister for five months last year, won support on promises to fight corruption and statements about the unacceptability of compromise in dialogue with Serbia, which lost control of Kosovo in 1999.
“Kosovo, as an independent state, is turning again this Sunday to its people as a source of sovereignty,” Kurti told reporters after taking part in the vote. – We must vote with love for the country.”
According to exit polls, Self-Determination is unlikely to win a majority of 61 seats in parliament, and the party will have to find a coalition partner to form a government.
“We are facing many challenges: the problem with Serbia, the pandemic, the strengthening of the state,” said Ramush Haradinaj, head of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo.
Serbia, backed by Russia, does not recognize Kosovo’s independence, citing the need to protect the Serb minority. EU and U.S. negotiators have failed to reach a compromise that would allow Kosovo to join international organizations such as the UN and NATO.
In a situation in which one-third of the working-age population is unemployed and GDP per capita is $4,300, Kosovo remains the poorest country in the Western Balkans.