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Kosovo in a key election under the beady eye of Belgrade

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By Christopher Cummins  with AGENCIES
Kosovo in a key election under the beady eye of Belgrade

Kosovo goes to the polls in an election sparked by a motion of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Isa Mustafa for a failure to meet campaign promises.

The spotlight has fallen on former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj who leads the PDK coalition made up of three parties.

He was detained in France in January and accused of committing war crimes while leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army in 1999.

Serbia requested his extradition something the French courts rejected.

Tensions between Pristina and the Serb capital Belgrade at their highest since the EU attempted to normalise relations in 2011, after Kosovo announced a unilateral declaration of independence in 2008.

Ramush Haradinaj has said that if he wins it will be an end to Serbian-led municipalities in Kososvo.

Haradinaj’s main challenge is the LDK led by Avdullah Hoti, a close ally of Mustafa.