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Electoral schools open in Kosovo for elections in which candidate Vjosa Osmani starts as a favorite

October 6, 2019

MADRID, Oct. 6 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The electoral colleges of Kosovo have opened their doors this Sunday to hold legislative elections that could result in the victory of the Albanian Kosovo opposition parties, with the center-right candidate Vjosa Osmani as the main favorite to win the head of government.

The latest polls point to a clear setback in the elections of the formation of the country's president, Hashim Thaci, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), which was the most voted force in the previous elections, with 39 seats. The forecast is that in this electoral appointment you lose more than ten percentage points, going from 34 to 21 percent of the support.

The polls predict a victory of the opposition party of the center right-wing Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), which presents as a candidate for the post of prime minister a 37-year-old law professor who represents a generation of Kosovars fed up with corruption and more familiar with West.

“In more than 90 percent of cases, it is men who are involved in corruption. A woman sees the state and how to take care of citizens in a completely different way,” Osmani said this week, in an interview with the agency. from Reuters news.

Educated in the United States, this young conservative candidate has based her campaign on the motto “Believe,” in a country where voters are tired of a political class marked by corruption and nepotism.

The polls place the Osmani LDK as the force that will win the elections this Sunday in votes and seats, with an estimate of 29 percent of the support, compared to the 26 percent achieved in the previous appointment with the polls.

The elections this Sunday will decide the distribution of 100 of the 120 seats that make up the Kosovo Assembly. The remaining 20 are distributed among ethnic minorities, including the ten representatives that correspond to the Serbokosovar community.

In third position in the polls is the left-wing nationalist opposition party Vetevendosje (VV), which would have a 24 percent vote estimate compared to 27 percent of the previous legislative ones.

The polls show that a coalition will be needed to form a government, in a scenario in which all Albanian Kosovo forces with the highest vote estimates have ruled on some occasion with President Thaci's PDK, except in the case of Vetevendosji.

The scenario that is emerging as the most likely, based on the latest polls, is that of a coalition between the LDK and Vetevendosje, a pact to which other Albano-Kosovar formations could be added with less support.

Throughout the already finished legislature, opposition forces have increased their criticism of Thaci's party although analysts do not rule out that he can finally join a government coalition even in third place.

The coalition of parties led by Ramush Haradinaj, the Kosovo Alliance for the Future, has a vote estimate of 13 percent, a figure far from the results granted by 24 deputies in the previous elections.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008 and, since then, it has been recognized as a country by more than 110 states although there are still five European Union countries, including Spain, and nations such as Russia, China and Serbia itself that refuse to Recognize your secession.

According to its Constitution, Serbia continues to consider Kosovo as one of its provinces. The Government of Pristina has recently put a 100% tariff on imports from Serbia and has assured that it will not withdraw it until Belgrade recognizes its independence.