Now that all the votes cast in the early elections of June 11 for the Kosovar parliament have been counted, it appears that there were no last-minute surprises.
The Vetëvendosja movement won with 27.12% of the votes, becoming the largest party, whereas the PDK-AAK-Nisma coalition led by former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj won a total of 33.98% of the votes. Third comes the LDK-AKR-Alternative coalition.
In the electoral zone of Prishtina, Vetëvendosja won with a landslide victory of 42.1% of the votes, followed by LDK-AKR-Alternative with 34.52% and PDK-AAK-Nisma with 19.92%.
The future parliament and government
Based on the results so far, the 120 seats of the Kosovar parliament would be divided between the PDK-AAK-Nisma with 39 deputies, Vetëvendosja with 31, and LDK-AKR-Alternativa with 30 deputies. There is no obvious government, as any combination of the two major coalitions and VV will arrive at a majority of 61 seats.
The remaining 20 seats in Parliament are reserved for the Serbian and other communities, but neither the two coalitions nor VV appeal to these to form a majority.
The prime minister proposed by PDK-AAK-Nisma, Ramush Haradinaj claimed yesterday that he will be able to form a government within the constitutional deadline:
The government will be formed in agreement with the constitutional obligations, with the constitutional mandate. But we don’t see any difficulties as regards its formation.
Meanwhile VV leader Albin Kurti invited the two coalitions to form a government with his party.
In these completely new political conditions, and based upon the great civil support, we declare that we are ready to undertake all necessary preparations to build a new government of the country led by the movement Vetëvendosja.
It is is unlikely that PDK and LDK will take seat in the same government, excluding VV, as the early elections were the result of PDK voting against then prime minister and coalition partner LDK leader Isa Mustafa in a vote of no confidence.
The OSCE has announced that the June 11 elections in Kosovo were held “without great irregularities or incidents.”
According to the OSCE, the largest part of the irregularities were related to “no accepting Serbian identity cards of several voters and in several cases double or multiple voting.”
The final report of the OSCE is expected to contain a full evaluation of the voting and counting process.