With 70% of votes counted, the alliance dubbed the “war wing” by Kosovo’s media, and led by the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) of President Hashim Thaci, the opposition Vetevendosje (VV) party 26.3%, and a coalition led by the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) 25.8%, the Democracy in Action non-governmental organisation said.
About 1.9 million Kosovars, nearly half a million of whom live abroad, were registered to vote in the third election since Kosovo declared independence in 2008.
The state election commission put the turnout at 41.5%, the lowest since 2008, with many Kosovars frustrated over the lack of economic progress and a deep level of corruption. In 2010 and 2014, it was 48% and 43%, respectively.
The biggest surprise was the nationalist left-wing Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party, which appeared to roughly double its support since the last election, after pledging to take on rampant corruption.