Kosovar nationalists, election favorites once again

Belgrade/Pristina, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Kosovo will hold legislative elections on Sunday amid chronic political instability and an economic crisis with the nationalist Lëvizja Vetëvendosje (Self-determination movement) set to come out on top despite being removed from power in March 2020.

It will be the fifth time the fledgling nation holds snap elections since gaining independence from Serbia in 2008.

The country’s constitutional court in December ruled that the parliamentary vote to install the conservative coalition government of Avdullah Hoti was invalid as one of the members of parliament who backed the executive had been convicted of fraud.

Hoti had risen to power after dissolving the coalition that he had formed only seven weeks earlier with Vetevendosje, led by former prime minister Albin Kurti, who was ousted in a vote of no confidence.

Kurti had won the October 2019 elections, thus ending almost 20 years of government by the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), a party that emerged from the Kosovar Albanian separatist guerrilla that fought against Serbian forces in the late 1990s.

Now the polls show Kurti is set to land between 40 and 50% of the votes, compared to 25% he had in the 2019 elections. The PDK is set to get 22% of the votes, while nationalists AAK, also founded by a former guerrilla leader, would take in 8% of the vote.

Despite this presumably resounding victory, if Kurti does not achieve an absolute majority, he may have problems finding government partners. EFE-EPA


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