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Kosovo centre-right coalition set to win parliamentary vote

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By Euronews
Kosovo centre-right coalition set to win parliamentary vote

<p>A coalition led by the ruling centre-right Democratic Party of Kosovo (<span class="caps">PDK</span>) came first in Kosovo’s snap parliamentary election on Sunday (June 11), but it will have to find a coalition partner to form a stable government, results based on a partial vote count showed.</p> <p>With 70 percent of votes counted, the <span class="caps">PDK</span>-led coalition had 34.3 percent of votes, the opposition Vetevendosje (VV) party 26.3 percent, and a coalition led by the Democratic League of Kosovo (<span class="caps">LDK</span>) 25.8 percent, the Democracy in Action non-governmental organisation said.</p> <p>About 1.9 million Kosovars, nearly half a million of whom live abroad, were registered to vote in the third election since Kosovo declared independence in 2008.</p> <p>The state election commission put the turnout at 41.5 percent, the lowest since 2008, with many Kosovars frustrated over the lack of economic progress and a deep level of corruption. In 2010 and 2014, it was 48 and 43 percent, respectively.</p> <p>The biggest surprise was the opposition Vetevendosje party, which was poised to finish second.</p> <p>The new government will have to tackle unemployment running at 30 percent and improve relations with Kosovo’s neighbours, especially Serbia, a precondition for both countries to move forward in the European Union accession process.</p> <p><em>Reuters</em></p>