A coalition led by the ruling centre-right Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) 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.
With 70 percent of votes counted, the PDK-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 (LDK) 25.8 percent, the Democracy in Action non-governmental organisation said.
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.
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.
The biggest surprise was the opposition Vetevendosje party, which was poised to finish second.
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.