Kosovo votes under shadow of war crimes investigation

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Kosovo votes under shadow of war crimes investigation

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Kosovo votes on Sunday in an election that Prime Minister Hashim Thaci hopes will give him a third term in office.

But there are concerns about Thaci’s involvement in the sale of organs removed from Serb prisoners during the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict.

Despite Thaci’s trademark thumbs up gesture, his popularity has taken a hit as frustrations grow among Kosovo Albanians over widespread corruption, nepotism and poverty after six years of PDK rule.

Opinion polls show the head of the opposition LDK ,(Democratic League of Kosovo), Isa Mustapha is just behind the ruling PDK party.

All main opposition parties have vowed not to go into coalition with the PDK to form the next government.

There has been little sign of election activity in the northern, Serbian half of the town of Mitrovica. There are doubts that Serbian minorities will take part in the vote.

After the election, attention is expected to turn to an ad-hoc tribunal to investigate the organ-harvesting allegations.