Analysis 09 Jun 17

Political Ambition Trumps Party Rivalries in Kosovo

The Kosovo Constitutional Court’s controversial interpretation of coalitions and parliamentary groups has forced the main parties to form pre-electoral coalitions, resulting in the most improbable political marriages.

Arben Qirezi
Kosovars pass by electoral campaign posters in the Kosovo capital Pristina. Photo: Visar Kryeziu/AP

Even if for nothing else, this weekend’s snap election will be remembered for the unlikely coalitions forged among parties whose past relations were anything but friendly.

For the first time in the history of Kosovo’s political pluralism, the main parties that have usually stood on their own have now found themselves in pre-election coalitions and joint electoral lists.

One of these pre-election coalitions includes the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, and the Initiative for Kosovo, NISMA.

Another is comprised of the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, the New Kosovo Alliance, AKR, and Alternativa.

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