Kosovo: early elections to be held June 8

Parliament dissolved after disagreement over Kosovar Army

08 May, 12:36

    (ANSAmed) - PRISTINA, MAY 8 - Kosovo's early political elections will be held June 8, President Atifete Jahjaga announced Thursday at a press conference following talks with the various parties.

    Kosovo's parliament yesterday voted to dissolve itself.

    President Atifete Jahjaga also said Thursday he will request European Union observers to monitor the elections. Parliament decided to dissolve itself when Premier Hashim Thaci failed to get approval for the creation of a Kosovar army over opposition from Serbian-Kosovar MPs.

    The first parliamentary elections since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on February 7, 2008, were held in 2010.

    Thaci's pro-European, center-right Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) garnered 33.5% of that vote, followed by the conservative Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) with 23.6%, the left-wing nationalist Self-Determination (VV) party with 12.2%, and the pro-European, conservative Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) with 10.8%. Kosovo's parliament is made up of 120 MPs. Ten seats are reserved for the Serbian community, which numbers some 120,000 people out of a total population of two million, and another 10 seats go to representatives of other ethnic minorities.


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