PDK emerges as largest party in Kosovan election
Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi’s Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) has emerged as the largest party in Sunday’s general election. The PDK took 30.71% of the vote in preliminary results, down from 32.11% in 2010, but still well ahead of their main rivals the LDK.
Isa Mustafa’s Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) came second with 25.75% of the vote, a slight improvement on the 24.69% they took in 2010. In third place is the left-wing, ultra-nationalist Self-Determination (Vetëvendosje!) with 13.51% up from their 12.69% in 2010.
The PDK’s coalition partner since 2010, the New Kosovo Alliance of businessman Behgjet Pacolli failed to get above the 5% threshold and will not have representation in this parliament. That leaves
Ramush Haradinaj’s Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) as a possible coalition partner if a deal can be done.
Unlike the 2010 election where there was violence and fraud identified, this election was reported to have been quiet and well organised. Even the Serbian population in the north of the country were encouraged to participate in the election by the Serbian government. Minority group parties, including the Serbs, will be invited to join the government coalition; they have 20 of the 120 seats reserved for them in the Assembly of Kosovo.
Turnout was 43.16% compared with a 47.5% turnout in 2010.