In Kosovo, ex-Prime Minister Kurti won landslide


        According to initial results, the left-nationalist opposition party Vetevendosje ("Self-Determination") won the early parliamentary elections in Kosovo with a landslide victory.  After counting 80 percent of the ballot papers, it was 48 percent of the votes, as the Central Election Commission announced on Sunday evening.  <a href=""><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="" alt="©" width="400" height="20" /></a>&nbsp;The&nbsp; party under its chairman Albin Kurti was clearly ahead of the second and third place, who received 17 and 13 percent of the vote.        </p><div>
        <p>Kurti's party has almost doubled its election result since the last vote in 2019.  <a href=""><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="" alt="©" width="400" height="20" /></a>&nbsp;The&nbsp; Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), the party of the former rebels in the Kosovo war, and the center-right party LDK recognized their defeat in the evening.  <a href=""><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="" alt="©" width="400" height="20" /></a>&nbsp;The&nbsp; outgoing Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti from the LDK announced that he would act as a "constructive opposition" in parliament.</p>            

Cheering supporters of Vetevendosje gathered in the capital, Pristina, honking their horns and setting off fireworks.  The  party had already emerged from the previous two parliamentary elections in Kosovo as the strongest force, but both times it ultimately failed because of the formation of a government. After the last election in autumn 2019, Vetevendosje formed a coalition with the LDK after tough negotiations. But just 50 days later, Prime Minister Kurti fell last March due to a vote of no confidence initiated by the LDK.

For its part, the LDK interim government under Avdullah Hoti had to leave after the Constitutional Court declared their election invalid by parliament.

Kurti belongs to a new generation of politicians who are pushing for the old guard to be replaced in Kosovo, which has 1.8 million inhabitants. This had dominated the politics of the former Serbian province since its declaration of independence.

45-year-old former political prisoner Kurti is a gifted speaker. He is particularly popular with the youth and the Kosovars living abroad, who accuse the old leadership of having done nothing against poverty and of being jointly responsible for the rampant corruption in the country.

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Kosovo exPrime Minister Kurti won landslide


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