analysis 11 Jul 17

Elections Fail to Cure Kosovo’s Political Maladies

The recent snap election failed to fix Kosovo's political deadlock, raising questions about the  formation of a new government and continuation of reforms.

Arben Qirezi
 Ramush Haradinaj, left, candidate for prime minister joined by Kadri Veseli, coalition partner, claiming victory in general elections, reacts to the crowd gathered to celebrate in Kosovo capital Pristina on June 12. Photo: Visar Kryeziu/AP

Last month’s elections failed to bring relief to Kosovo's jammed political scene and with three parties or coalitions each having taken large slices of the vote, negotiations over who forms a new government will be complicated.

Most observers believe that PAN, the Democratic Party of Kosovo’s PDK-led coalition, is most likely to be in charge of putting together the new government, but major hurdles remain.

The coalition – also consisting of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, Initiative for Kosovo, NISMA, and 9 other smaller parties -- came out of the elections strongest with 34% of the votes and 39 seats in the 120-strong Kosovo Assembly. Out of these 39 seats, the PDK controls only 22, followed by the AAK with 11 and NISMA with 6.

PAN is followed by Vetёvendosje, now the biggest single political party in Kosovo, with 27.5 per cent and 32 seats.

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