analysis 19 Dec 17

Split Threatens Main Kosovo Opposition Party’s Success

Vetevendosje (Self-Determination), a street movement that became a strong political force known for its confrontational tactics in parliament, faces new internal elections after hidden divisions erupted into the public arena.

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Visar Ymeri and Albin Kurti. Photo: Atdhe Mulla

Only six months after its biggest triumph - winning the most seats in the Kosovo Assembly in June’s general elections, although not enough to form a government - Vetevendosje is now facing its biggest challenge in its 12-year history.

The general council of Vetevendosje announced on Sunday that it has decided that elections for a new party leader will take place in early 2018, when current leader Visar Ymeri ends his three-year term.

Despite the fact that members of the general council said that the meeting was heldin a democratic spirit, Ymeri and the party’s former organisational secretary, Dardan Molliqaj, did not show up.

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