17 Feb, 2021

Last week’s election in Kosovo success for left-wing

Behgjet Pacolli, founder and leader of the ALDE Party member AKR in Kosovo, has likely been re-elected to the National Assembly despite a landmark election result for left-wing anti-establishment party Vetëvendosje in last Sunday’s snap parliamentary elections in Kosovo.

According to the preliminary results, Vetëvendosje (VV) received 47.85% of the vote, ahead of Partia Demokratike e Kosovës (PDK) with 17.41% of the vote.

AKR ran candidates on the ticket of Lidhja Demokratike e Kosovës (LDK), which finished in third place with 13.08% of the vote. The allocation of mandates has yet to be confirmed at the time of publication.

Commenting on the results, Pacolli wrote on Facebook: “In a democracy, it is important to accept the result and congratulate the opponent. I would like to thank all the citizens of the country who once again set a high standard in this electoral process, without any incidents and with high turnout.”

He also wrote it was important to constitute the new Assembly and to elect the Government as soon as possible.

Having ruled out forming a coalition with either LDK or PDK during the campaign, the left-wing, anti-establishment party Vetëvendosje will likely look towards the parties representing the country’s minorities which according to the country’s constitution receive 20 of the 120 seats in the National Assembly.

Photo: Kosovar Parliament building (c) Arianselmani / Wikimedia Commons

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