Analysis 29 May 17

Cracks Widen in LDK Ahead of Kosovo Election

Growing divisions inside the Democratic League of Kosovo may well affect its results in the coming general elections – as well as its future.

Arben Qirezi
BIRN
Pristina
Isa Mustafa, LDK leader. Photo: LDK

As Kosovo prepares for another snap election on June 11, following the recent breakup of the ruling coalition - made up of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, and the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK - divisions inside the LDK are growing and threaten to undermine its election results.

The cracks, which started appearing in the party some years ago, grew wider after some key party officials who in the past dared to oppose and criticize LDK leader Isa Mustafa were either downgraded or completely excluded from the party’s list of election candidates.

Experts say Mustafa, now 66, intends to use the upcoming election to strengthen his own position and sideline some key opponents.

Mustafa has decided not to run for the post of Prime Minister again and has instead nominated the former Finance Minister, Avdullah Hoti, a close ally.

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