analysis 23 Oct 17

Kosovo’s LDK Makes Comeback in Local Polls: Analysts

Compared to June’s general elections, Sunday’s municipal elections in Kosovo showed an increase in support for the Democratic League of Kosovo and a decrease for Vetevendosje (Self-Determination).

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BIRN
Pristina
Voting in Kosovo on Sunday. Photo: Atdhe Mulla.

Based on preliminary data from the Kosovo Central Election Commission, political analysts applauded the performance of former Prime Minister Isa Mustafa’s Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, in Sunday’s elections compared to the general elections in June, while registering a decrease in votes for the opposition Vetevendosje.

The LDK won four municipalities during the first round of voting on Sunday - Peja/Pec, Lipjan/Lipljan, Fushe Kosove/Kosovo Polje and Viti/Vitina.

The party will also face runoffs in ten other municipalities, including the capital Pristina.

“The LDK has managed very well to stay strong in those municipalities that it had before, without having any major claims to win any other municipality, even though Pristina [governed by Vetevendosje] took it [LDK] to a run-off,” Pristina-based analyst Imer Mushkolaj told BIRN.

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