Analysis 08 Nov 17

Kosovo's Oldest Party Hails Local Election Comeback

Solid results in the local elections have given the Democratic League of Kosovo new hope that better days lie ahead – but some experts say celebrations would be premature.

Perparim Isufi
LDK supporters rally in October. Photo: LDK Facebook

The results of the October 22 local elections in Kosovo showed a significant increase in the popularity of the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK.

Kosovo’s oldest Albanian political party has struggled to find its new identity and political momentum since the death of its long-time leader, Ibrahim Rugova, in January 2006.

However, some experts, as well as the LDK’s political opponents, warn that the party should waiting for the second round of the local elections on November 19 before popping the champagne.

“The results strongly restored us to the political scene. People are coming back to the old home. It seems like the voters for a time tried other adventures, but now they see the old house is the best,” LDK MP Driton Selmanaj told TV21 on October24.

Subscribe to Balkan Insight Premium to read the full article.

Please login to your account below if you are already a Premium Subscriber.

Buy Premium Subscription

Our Premium Service gives you full access to all content published on, including analyses, investigations, comments, interviews and more. Choose your subscription today and get unparalleled in-depth coverage of the Western Balkans.

Buy Premium Subscription

If you have trouble logging in or any other questions regarding you account, please contact us

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Premium Selection

20 Feb 18

Birdwatching Paradise on the Borders of Belgrade

Beljarica, a floodplain on the left bank of the Danube, is home to more than 130 species of bird, and several mammals, fish, and amphibians. But now, it faces an imminent threat. 

20 Feb 18

Montenegrins Spy Gold on California’s Cannabis Farms

Impoverished, indebted and disillusioned Montenegrins are heading off to California where they can earn hundreds of dollars a day on licensed marijuana plantations.