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Early elections kick off in Kosovo

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Early parliamentary elections began in Kosovo. According to reports on Sunday at the Central Election Commission, polling stations opened at 07:00.

“The election process began at 07:00, polling stations are operating throughout the [unrecognized education],” the CEC press service said. Four coalitions, 20 political parties, as well as one independent candidate, claim 120 seats in parliament. In total, the CEC registered 1 million 938 thousand 868 voters. The election commissions will close at 19:00 local time.

The elections will be the seventh and sixth extraordinary, since in the entire history of the unrecognized republic, not a single convocation of parliament has served its mandate to the end. The shortest was the presence in power of the Ramush Haradinaj government of the sample of 2017, his cabinet did not last even two years.

According to opinion polls, four parties have the highest chances of victory – the Democratic Union of Kosovo, moderate politician Isa Mustafa, the Democratic Party of Kosovo, the current president Hashim Thaci, the extreme right-wing movement “Self-determination” led by Albin Kurti and the “Alliance for the Future of Kosovo “ex-prime minister Ramush Haradinaj.

According to the “constitution” of Kosovo, out of 120 seats in the parliament, 100 deputy mandates are distributed among Albanian deputies, and another 20 among representatives of national minorities.

Of the 20 deputies, 10 representatives are elected by the Serbs, four seats are reserved for Gypsies, Ashkali and Gupta, three seats are for Bosniaks, two seats are for Turks and one place is for Gorans.

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