BELGRADE, February 14 – RIA Novosti. In the elections to the “parliament” of the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo, the radical movement “Self-Determination” is leading with 39.3% of the vote, the local Central Election Commission reported.
Early elections to the “parliament” were held in Kosovo. The polling stations closed at 19.00 local time (21.00 Moscow time), during the voting two violations were revealed, the Kosovo “police” reported. About 1.8 million people had the right to vote, they voted in 2.3 thousand polling stations, which were open from 7.00 (9.00 Moscow time).
“Movement” Self-determination “Albina Curti received 39.32% of the vote,” – said the election commission at a briefing.
The long-running Democratic Party of Kosovo, according to this data, received 13.81% of the vote.
The Kosovo unicameral “parliament” consists of 120 deputies, with 10 seats reserved for Serbs, another 10 for representatives of other national minorities. 28 political parties, coalitions, civil initiatives are fighting for seats in the “parliament”, of which three represent the interests of local Serbs. Their largest party, the Serbian List, claims all 10 mandates allotted by the quota.
The radical reformist “Self-Determination” was considered the favorite of the election campaign – it was predicted that it would get up to 50% of the sympathies of the region's residents. The long-running Democratic Party of Kosovo, former President Hashim Thaci and former Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli, who are on trial for war crimes with two other Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) field commanders in The Hague, enjoyed half the support. They are followed by the “Democratic Union of Kosovo” of the current Prime Minister Avdulah Hoti, the “Alliance for the Future of Kosovo” of the ex-premier and former field commander of the KLA Ramush Haradinaj and other movements.
In 1999, an armed confrontation between Albanian separatists from the “Kosovo Liberation Army” and the Serbian army and police led to the bombing of Yugoslavia (which at the time consisted of Serbia and Montenegro) by NATO forces. Kosovo-Albanian structures in Pristina on February 17, 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The self-proclaimed republic is not recognized by Serbia, Russia, China, Iran, Spain, Greece and a number of other states. In 2011, the Serbian leadership began negotiations on the normalization of relations with the Kosovar Albanians through the mediation of the EU.