Kosovo’s prime minister says he has won re-election but he’s having to keep the champagne on ice.
Official results are expected today but they may be clouded by allegations of fraud.
A European Union official said that generally the vote seemed clean but that there were worrying reports from two towns, where turnout was suspiciously high at over 90 percent.
MEP Doris Pack said from the Kosovan capital, Pristina that vote counting nationwide was correctly and efficiently carried out, and that the two towns in question notwithstanding, this was the best general election Kosovo has ever had.
This was in fact the first general election Kosovo has had since its leaders declared independence from Serbia two years ago.
Current prime minister Hashim Thaci has claimed victory after exit polls suggested he had a six percent lead over his nearest rival. That would still mean he has to form a coalition with smaller parties who have already indicated they won’t join his PDK party.
However, with the mayor of Pristina, Isa Mustafa, also claiming victory despite the exit polls, the pepole of Kosovo are still left waiting.