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.

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