10 Feb, 2021

Kosovars go to the ballot box in snap election

Snap elections will take place in Kosovo on 14 February to elect a new parliament following a no-confidence vote due to disagreements over how to handle the coronavirus pandemic and a subsequent attempt to form a new government was annulled by the Constitutional Court.

ALDE Party member party New Kosovo Alliance (Aleanca Kosova e Re, AKR) will participate in the elections on the electoral list of the LDK party, and is led by its founder Behgjet Pacolli.

Mr Pacolli, a former President, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister for Kosovo during the last decade, is seeking re-election to the Parliament. He will be candidate #5 on the list of the LDK, which is led by the acting Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti who is also the lists’ candidate for Prime Minister.

Following the last elections in October 2019, opposition party Vetëvendosje emerged as the largest faction in parliament just ahead of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). Together, the two parties formed a coalition government, which the two elected members of AKR supported.

These elections mark an important moment for the New Kosovo Alliance where it wants to guarantee the freedoms and individual rights and welfare of its citizens. Their focus is providing qualitative education, decent public services, create job opportunities and good governance.

You can find the election programme here.

Current polling shows Vetëvendosje leading with just over 40%, followed by PDK on 22% and LDK on 19%.

The 120 members of the Assembly of Kosovo are elected by open list proportional representation, with 20 seats reserved for national minorities and an electoral threshold of 5% in place for non-minority parties. A majority of 61 MPs out of 120 seats in the Assembly of Kosovo is required to form a government.

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