Wednesday, February 17, 2021

#KOSOVO: Left Easily Wins Parliamentary Elections

[world politics news]

As expected, the Left-leaning Self-Determination Movement Party (LVV) has easily won Parliamentary elections in Kosovo, taking around 48% of the vote in Sunday’s snap poll, according to the election commission.

The party's triumph nearly doubled its last electoral showing in 2019, while Kosovo’s two traditional parties suffered historic lows. 

Sunday’s election saw the outgoing centrist Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) — a party of former rebels—drop down to 13 and 17 per cent respectively.

Polling before the election had shown the LVV well ahead of the LDK.

The October 2019 parliamentary elections saw opposition Self-Determination Movement Party emerge as the largest faction in parliament, finishing just ahead of the Democratic League of Kosovo. 

The snap election was made necessary after the nation's Constitutional Court ruled that the parliamentary vote electing a new government in June, 2020 was unconstitutional.

The Constitutional Court ruled December 21 that the election of the government of Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti was illegal because one member of parliament who voted for the government had previously served time in prison. 

That member had been the 61st vote for Hoti, and 61 votes in the 120-member body is necessary to form a government, throwing the country's electoral system into chaos.


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