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07 Apr 11

Kosovo Elects New President

Kosovo’s government has elected the deputy director of Kosovo police President of the country, in a remarkable turn of events.

30 Mar 11

Kosovo President 'Will Resign' If Asked By Court

Kosovo’s President Behgjet Pacolli will offer his resignation if it is recommended by the Constitutional Court, as the country's latest institutional crisis unfolds.

28 Mar 11

Kosovo Presidential Vote “Unconstitutional”

The election of Behgjet Pacolli as President of Kosovo has been ruled unconstitutional, throwing the country into a fresh institutional crisis.

25 Feb 11

Kosovo: Journalists React to US Ambassador Statement

After the American ambassador criticised the publication of text messages sent during the election for Kosovo's president, a local journalists' association has voiced its support for the media that released the communications.

24 Feb 11

Kosovo Opposition to Appeal Presidential Election

Two opposition parties, the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, and the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, are expected to seek a court review of the election of a controversial businessman as head of state.

23 Feb 11

Thaci Pledges Kosovo Government Will Work For All

After approving Behgjet Pacolli as the president of Kosovo, the parliament voted in the new government led by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci late Tuesday evening.

23 Feb 11

Pacolli Approved as President of Kosovo

After three rounds of voting in Kosovo's parliament, wealthy businessman Behgjet Pacolli has been confirmed as the president of Kosovo. 

22 Feb 11

New Kosovo Government to Be Approved by Parliament

Parliament speaker Jakup Krasniqi has announced that parliament will meet on Tuesday to vote on the newly formed government.

18 Feb 11

Thaci Asked to Form Kosovo Government

Kosovo's acting president has asked caretaker prime minister Hashim Thaci to form a new government.

15 Feb 11

Behgjet Pacolli to Be Named President of Kosovo

Behgjet Pacolli, the leader of the New Alliance for Kosovo, AKR, is to be named Kosovo’s next president after the ruling Democratic Party agreed to his demands in order to create a coalition.

10 Feb 11

Kosovo Parties Near Coalition Deal

Kosovo’s acting president Jakup Krasniqi said on Thursday that a new government will not be constituted before February 17, the third anniversary of Kosovo’s independence.

08 Feb 11

Kosovo's Vetevendosje MPs Prepare for First Mandate

While Kosovo's Vetevendosje movement will join parliament for the first time in coming weeks, it will keep up its traditional opposition to the country's institutions.

03 Feb 11

Kosovo Puts Controversial Pay Hikes on Ice

Prime Minister risks industrial unrest after suddenly rowing back on promises to raise wage public-sector pay by 50 per cent.

01 Feb 11

Thaci Confirmed Winner of Kosovo Poll

Caretaker Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s party, the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, has been confirmed as the winner of the December 2010 poll.

24 Jan 11

Kosovo's Ruling Party 'Victorious' in Mitrovica Revote

With less than a third of voters casting ballots in Sunday's revote in the divided northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica, the ruling Democratic Party has emerged as the winner, unofficial results show.


Election Profile

09 Dec 10

Kosovo Elections 2010: Key Facts

Around 1.6million people out of an estimated population of 2million are eligible to vote on December 12, although hundreds of thousands of registered Kosovars live outside of the country and thousands of dead people remain on the electoral roll.

Main Contenders

09 Dec 10

History and traditional alliances remain more important in Kosovo politics than manifestos and policies, but the arrival of new political parties on the scene is offering a fresh choice to voters.


17 Feb 11

Kosovars Party On, With Little to Celebrate

Dearth of official events marking third anniversary of independence partially reflects the fact that Kosovo lacks a government right now - but also a feeling that the country is adrift.

23 Dec 10

Kosovo: Corruption Comes to the Fore

The World Court ruling on independence, early general elections and waves of corruption arrests marked a year of political turbulence – but Hashim Thaci remained on top for the time being.

18 Dec 10

Electoral Fraud Fears for One in Three Stations across Kosovo

Balkan Insight has learnt that results from one-in-three polling stations require further investigation for fraud, calling into the question results from the whole country.

10 Dec 10

Let There be Light

I’m not sure who said that you campaign in poetry and govern in prose, but in Kosovo’s case, the electioneering for the December 12 poll has been more like ad-lib street rap than Keats or Baudelaire.

09 Dec 10

Victors Face Coalition Wrangle After Kosovo Election

Democratic Party of Kosovo is on course for a narrow win in Sunday’s poll but whether it will be able to form a viable coalition is far from clear.

08 Dec 10

Will Serbs End Tradition of Kosovo Election Boycotts?

A growing number of Serbian political actors, both in Kosovo and Serbia, realise that the policy of boycotting Kosovar institutions is in fact a denial of reality on the ground.



Behgjet Pacolli, leader of the New Kosovo Alliance party

Kosovo-born, Swiss-based construction millionaire Pacolli entered the world of Kosovo politics in 2006, after almost three decades away building an empire said to make him the world’s richest ethnic Albanian.


Nexhat Daci, Democratic League of Dardania

A Professor of chemistry by education, 66-year-old Daci entered politics when he became a member of the general council of the LDK in 1992, holding the position of the Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo from 2001 until Rugova’s death in 2006.


Ramush Haradinaj, leader of Alliance for the Future of Kosovo

Haradinaj, 42, studied law in Pristina before moving to Switzerland in 1989, joining the Kosovo Liberation army while working jobs ranging from construction to nightclub bouncer.


Shpend Ahmeti, Leader of Fryma e Re

At only 32, Shpend Ahmeti, leader of Fryma e Re, is the youngest party leader in the 2010 electoral race.


Isa Mustafa, Leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo

Isa Mustafa, 59, began his political career in the 1980s, heading the municipal government of Prishtina from 1984 to 1988, a position to which he returned in 2007 when he beat deputy head of the PDK Fatmir Limaj in the mayoral race.


Albin Kurti, Guardian of Flame of Kosovo Nationalism

A born protester who has courted publicity with innovative stunts, Albin Kurti now looks set to enter parliament after the December 12 election.


Hashim Thaci 'From 'Snake' to Prime Minister

Thaci, born in 1968, joined the Albanian independence cause as a student, becoming one of the leaders of the protest movement in the early 1990s. As the Serbian crackdown intensified, he left for Switzerland, studying history and international relations in Zurich.

Country Profile



The Latest Facts and Figures on Kosovo


11 Apr 11


You never know when you might get that hushed call from the man with the New Jersey brogue telling you that you are about to become president.

10 Dec 10

Hashim Assange

02 Dec 10

The Promise