[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

segunda-feira, 12 de junho de 2017

Kosovo’s ‘war wing’ coalition wins parliamentary vote

Candidate for Prime Minister from the PAN coalition (PDK, AAK, NISMA) and leader of the Alliance for Future of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj (L) and leader of the Democratic Party of Kosova (PDK), Kadri Veseli (C) celebrate their victoy on the early parliamentary elections in Pristina, Kosovo, 11 June 2017.
[Petrit Prenaj/EPA]
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.

Fragile Kosovo prepares for 'crucial' vote

Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes Sunday (11 June) at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for war crimes.

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.

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