In Kosovo areas of the territory were in party mood after the first ever elections. There were celebrations as supporters spilled on to the streets and the day ended peacefully.
Fireworks lit up the sky with Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s ruling PDK coalition claiming what they called a “convincing” victory. Official results have yet to be confirmed. The first poll since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia last year is seen as a key test of Pristina’s commitment to democracy. As the polls closed election authorities put the overall turnout at about 45% — a reflection, many believe, in the disappointment voters feel in their leaders for failing to improve the economy. The turnout among minority Serbs was thought to be higher than expected in some areas. Hashim Thaci declared that Kosovo deserved to be independent and to have a European perspective. This election may reveal how close he and Kosovo are to achieving that ambition in what has been a key test for the self-declared state.