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Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti speaks to supporters during a political rally. Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti speaks to supporters during a political rally in the town of Ferizaj, Kosovo, Sept. 26, 2019 (AP photo).

After an Upset Election Win, Can Anti-Establishment Forces End Kosovo’s Limbo?

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019

A left-leaning anti-establishment party scored an upset victory in parliamentary elections in Kosovo last weekend, as voters strongly rebuked the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, or PDK, which had been in power since the country declared independence in 2008. The left-wing Albanian nationalist Self-Determination Movement, or Vetevendosje, took a plurality of 26 percent, and the more mainstream Democratic League of Kosovo finished a close second. Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti, a former political dissident, will now try to form a coalition government, but how exactly he will do so is unclear, says Aleksandar Kocic, a Serbian-born journalist and lecturer in journalism at Edinburgh Napier University. In an email interview with WPR, he discusses the significance of the election results and what they could mean for stalled negotiations aimed at normalizing relations with neighboring Serbia, which refuses to recognize Kosovo.

World Politics Review: What accounts for the defeat of the ruling PDK party in last week’s elections, and why did Vetevendosje perform so well? ...

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