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Self-determination, LDK neck-to-neck in Kosovo elections, Serb List convincing

October  7, 2019

The preliminary results after 95.88 percent of the votes counted, Self-determination party emerged as a single strongest party in the Kosovo 2019 general elections, with just 0.74 percent ahead of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), while Serb List scored a landslide victory in the north, securing all ten Parliamentary seats that belong to the Serb minority, the Beta news agency reported on Monday.

 Albin Kurti, the leader of the Self-determination party which got 25.79 percent of the votes, in comparison to LDK's 25.05 percent,  declared victory late on Sunday and said that he, as his party candidate for prime minister, would start talks on forming the government as of Monday.

Regarding the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations, which had been on hold since last November, Kurti said the issue would not be what Kosovo should give to Serbia in exchange for the recognition, but Serbia’s debt to Kosovo, but did not elaborate.

Self-determination is described as progressive, social-democratic, but also a nationalist Albanian party.

 On the other hand, delighted with the landslide victory of the Serb List in the north, the Kosovo Serbs’ party supported by Belgrade, officials in Serbia’s capital said that Pristina would have to “knock on Serb List door if it wants legally formed institutions.”

“Without the Serbs, without Belgrade, without our united nation, there are no legitimate institutions in Kosovo,” Marko Djuric, the head of Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo, said.

Djuric said the circumstances surrounding the Belgarde - Pristina dialogue were still difficult and that “we should not be extremely happy,” but the "Serb List result is very important and will make Belgrade's position easier.

Djuric added later on Monday that all decisions regarding Serb List participation in the next Kosovo Government would be brought “together with Belgrade.” “We always agree on important issues among ourselves and in consultation with President Aleksandar Vucic.”

 Stefan Surlic, a political analyst, said that “for the first time in Kosovo the ruling elites will change and a part of war parties and coalitions” would not be in power any more. He added that the opposition’s victory on Sunday was a result of their campaign based on fight against corruption and nepotism.

Source: http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a532302/Kosovo-s-nationalist-Self-determination-party-wins-2019-elections.html

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