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Kosovo's landmark vote sees Serbs set to boycott

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Kosovo's landmark vote sees Serbs set to boycott

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Kosovo prepares to go to polls on Sunday for the first time since declaring independence from Serbia in September last year.

The municipal elections are seen as test of Kosovo’s fragile democracy, as Pristina aims to show the international community that it can hold free and fair elections. The largest party is the Kosovan Democratic Party led by prime minister Hashim Thaci. The country’s majority Albanian and minority Serb communities have mainly lived apart since the end of the war in 1999 and politics has been marked by violence and accusations of corruption. Earlier this week Hashim Tachi’s campaign convoy was stoned by Serbs in the town of Decan Kosovo’s six percent Serb minority look set to boycott the vote as they refuse to recognise the institutions run by the Albanian authorities.