Analysis 29 Aug 17

Vetevendosje Set to Dominate Kosovo's Future Political Scene

2017 seems to be the year of Vetevendosje, whose surprising domination in the recent parliamentary elections is expected to be confirmed in the upcoming local elections, experts say.

Arben Qirezi
BIRN
Prishtina
Vetevendosje supporters celebrating elections resuls in June. Photo: Atdhe Mulla

As Kosovo's still awaits the creation of a new government following the June 11 general elections, pundits are pondering these results to better understand what seems to be a major new shift on Kosovo's political scene, as well as its possible consequences.

Somewhat surprisingly, the 2017 general elections enthroned Vetevendosje, as the single strongest party in Kosovo, thus ending almost two decades of domination which the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, and Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, held over the local political scene.

Both PDK and LDK have contested June 11 parliamentary elections in pre-electoral coalitions with other, junior coalition partners.

But now, as the upcoming October 22 municipal elections draw near, all political parties have begun appointing their candidates for mayors of Kosovo's 38 municipalities, showing that they will all contest these elections individually.

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