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Kosovo gears up for general election

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Kosovo gears up for general election


The ballot papers are boxed up in Kosovo, ready to be handed out for this weekend’s snap election.

This will be the first national vote since the declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008.

Coming in the wake of vote of no-confidence in the government, there has not been much time for preparations.

Serbs living in the country have been urged to boycott the election by Serbian leaders in Belgrade who still consider Kosovo a part of their country.

Incumbent Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party is ahead in the polls but without a clear majority, meaning he would be forced to seek a coalition partner.

However, this is unlikely to be former partners the Democratic League of Kosovo, led by Isa Mustapha, as the latter have vowed not to join Thaci’s party again.

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