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Low turnout hits Kosovo election

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Low turnout hits Kosovo election

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The winner has been announced after elections in Kosovo, but the excitement of possible independence has given way to voter apathy.

The cold weather and a Serb boycott may have been minor factors but public disillusionment driven by economic hardship is the main reason more than half the electorate stayed at home.

Those that did cast their ballot elected the Democratic Party of Hashim Thaci as the winner, but not by enough to allow it to govern alone.

A top party official has said a grand coalition with the second-placed Democratic League is the most likely outcome.

As its probable leader, Thaci says he will declare independence from Serbia after December 10th, when talks between Belgrade and ethnic Albanian leaders must end.

Diplomats say chances of a deal by then are slim.

Despite the promise of independence, the Albanian majority wants out of the economic doldrums, characterised by 60 percent unemployment.

“More jobs for young people and less corruption”, demanded one man.

“We expect better for young and old alike” explained another.