The ruling alliance in Kosovo has lost the election

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Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) snatched 26% of the vote at the Sunday’s parliamentary election, in Kosovo, barely edging out another opposition party, the LDK, which claimed around 25% according to an early count.

The results are based on more than 76% of ballots cast, the country’s electoral officials said.

The two opposition parties are followed by the PDK (Democratic Party of Kosovo) which is part of the ruling coalition and associated with President Hashim Thaci. The PDK won some 21% of the votes.

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Albin Kurti, founder of the opposition party ‘Self determination’ (Vetevendosje) addresses his supporters after the early parliamentary elections in Pristina, Kosovo, 07 October 2019.. EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI

The alliance coalition led by former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj (AAK-PSD) placed fourth with around 12% of support.

Only the top-ranking party can be entrusted with forming the government, according to a decision by the country’s Constitutional Court. Therefore, the minimum difference between the center-left Vetevendosje and center-right LDK is crucial for the future cabinet.

Via Balkan Insight/Euronews

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