Kosovo holds early election

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Kosovo is holding an early general election Sunday amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties.

The vote comes after the outgoing prime minister resigned following a request from a Hague-based court to question him over crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country’s 1998-99 war.

The election will be Kosovo’s seventh since the end of the war, and 1.9 million people are eligible to cast ballots to elect 120 lawmakers.

Issues that dominated the election campaign included bringing down the unemployment rate which stands at more than 25%, organized crime, and corruption. No single political party is likely to win the vote on its own and coalitions have always proved hard to form and easy to fall apart.

Parliamentary elections  in Kosovo
People walk in front of the huge electoral poster of Ramush Haradinaj, parliamentary elections Prime Ministerial candidate and leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), day before the early parliamentary elections in Pristina, Kosovo, 05 October 2019. About 1.9 million voters are eligible to vote for the 120 seats in Kosovo’s parliament, 20 of which are reserved for ethnic Serbs and other minorities. Elections have been called in August 2019 after Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned as Kosovo’s prime minister after a war crimes court in The Hague summoned him for questioning as a suspect. EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI

Via Euronews

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