Kosovo in a key election under the beady eye of Belgrade

Kosovo in a key election under the beady eye of Belgrade
By Christopher Cummins with AGENCIES
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Kosovo goes to the polls with Serbia watcching closely


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.

Cast my vote with Anita!Thank you to our incredible supporters during the election campaign! Committed to secure brighter future for #Kosovopic.twitter.com/Qu4f3uAr7z

— Ramush Haradinaj (@haradinajramush) 11 June 2017

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.

We’ve profiled the main contenders in #Kosovo’s snap elections today. Here’s what each one stands for: https://t.co/FdzkV3hGJkpic.twitter.com/Abx5wQzyXh

— Balkan Insight (@BalkanInsight) 11 June 2017

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.

Ahead of Kosovo’s general elections, Kosovo Serb bloc is more divided than ever with Belgrade backing only one listhttps://t.co/bi73DkIJqSpic.twitter.com/QajOVaqxlP

— Balkan Insight (@BalkanInsight) 10 June 2017

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.

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