Analysis 05 Jun 17

Navigating the Battlefield of Kosovo’s Snap Elections

Ahead of Kosovo’s snap elections set for June 11, Balkan Insight profiles the main contenders and their views on key issues the new cabinet will encounter.

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Kosovo is heading for early elections on June 11. Photo: Kallxo

In the first months of Kosovo’s new government, it will have to deal with myriad complex issues, including the ratification of a controversial border demarcation deal with Montenegro, the continuation of talks with Belgrade, and cooperating with the Special Court to try senior Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, figures for alleged crimes committed during and after the war with Serbian forces.

Kosovo is heading for early elections after Prime Minister Isa Mustafa lost a vote of no confidence on May 10.

The majority of parties standing are steering clear of mentioning KLA-related issues, but the other two, along with business aims, form the cornerstone of the three biggest parties’ campaigns.

These three parties are the coalition of former KLA fighters led by the centre-right Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, the centre-right Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, and the opposition centre-left Vetevendosje (“self-determination”).

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