Kosovan parliamentary election, 14 February 2021

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Information Guide concerning the parliamentary election held in Kosovo on 14 February 2021.

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This snap election was called following almost one year of turbulent internal politics in the country, first triggered by the collapse of the coalition government stemming from the previous election. While the opposition later succeeded in forming an alternative cabinet, the country's Constitutional Court ruled on 21 December 2020 that one of the votes that allowed for a parliamentary majority to that government was invalid. Fresh elections were therefore called as a result. In Kosovo, 100 of the 120 seats are elected using open list proportional representation by all voters, with the remaining 20 seats reserved for national and ethnic minorities.

The results were a clear victory for Vetevendosje (VV), which received around 47.9% of the votes. The Democratic Party of Kosovo (DPK) was second with around 17.4%, followed by the Democratic League of Kosovo (13.1%).

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Wikipedia: 2021 Kosovan parliamentary election https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Kosovan_parliamentary_election
OBC Transeuropa, 05/02/2021: New elections in Kosovo, stability remains a dream https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Kosovo/New-elections-in-Kosovo-stability-remains-a-dream-208298
Anadolu Agency: Opinion, 14/02/2021: February 14 elections and Kosovo’s never-ending problems https://www.aa.com.tr/en/analysis/opinion-february-14-elections-and-kosovo-s-never-ending-problems/2117692
ECFR: Article, 17/02/2021: Kosovo snap election: A chance for action https://ecfr.eu/article/kosovo-snap-election-a-chance-for-action/

Balkan Insight: Kosovo Snap Elections 2021: Live Blog https://balkaninsight.com/2021/02/14/kosovo-snap-elections-2021-live-blog/
Deutsche Welle, 22/12/2020: Kosovo's highest court rules government illegal, calls for elections https://p.dw.com/p/3n1w4
TRT World, 22/12/2020: Kosovo to hold early election as top court ruling topples government https://www.trtworld.com/europe/kosovo-to-hold-early-election-as-top-court-ruling-topples-government-42579
Reuters, 06/01/2021: Kosovo president sets Feb. 14 as date for snap vote https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN29B2UZ
EurActiv, 11/01/2021: Snap elections in Kosovo set for 14 February https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/snap-elections-in-kosovo-set-for-14-february/
The Guardian, 08/02/2021: Candidates in Kosovo election call for alliance against corruption https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/08/candidates-in-kosovo-election-call-for-alliance-against-corruption
Euronews, 10/02/2021: In Kosovo, a sixth election in 12 years reveals the growing pains of a young nation https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/10/in-kosovo-a-sixth-election-in-12-years-reveals-the-growing-pains-of-a-young-nation
Deutsche Welle, 14/02/2021: Kosovo leftist Kurti declares victory after election https://p.dw.com/p/3pKob
France24, 14/02/2021: Kosovo's Vetevendosje poised to win election, early results show https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210214-kosovo-s-vetevendosje-set-to-win-election-preliminary-results-show
Euronews, 14/02/2021: Left-wing reformist party led by former PM Albin Kurti wins Kosovo election https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/14/kosovo-election-exit-poll-gives-victory-to-left-wing-party-vetevendosje
Reuters, 14/02/2021: Early results point to Kosovo opposition party win in parliamentary vote https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2AE009
Swissinfo, 14/01/2021: Kosovo votes in election that could complicate dialogue with Serbia https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/kosovo-votes-in-election-that-could-complicate-dialogue-with-serbia/46369328
Bloomberg, 14/02/2021: Corruption and Conflict Dominate Election in Kosovo https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-14/corruption-and-conflict-dominate-election-in-kosovo
Associated Press, 14/02/2021: Leftist opposition party heads to victory in Kosovo election https://apnews.com/article/6def03a14fdebf1fc080e9f04e2eea63
Politico, 15/02/2021: Ousted ex-PM wins historic victory in Kosovo election https://www.politico.eu/article/ousted-ex-pm-wins-historic-victory-in-kosovo-election-albin-kurti/
VOA News, 15/02/2021: Vetevendosje Marks Landslide Victory in Kosovo’s General Election https://www.voanews.com/europe/vetevendosje-marks-landslide-victory-kosovos-general-election
RFE/RL, 15/02/2021: Kosovo's Main Opposition Party On Track To Clear Victory In Parliamentary Vote https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-election-hoti-kurti/31103176.html
Balkan Insight, 15/02/2021: Defeated Rivals Congratulate Vetevendosje on Victory in Kosovo Election https://balkaninsight.com/2021/02/15/defeated-rivals-congratulate-vetevendosje-on-victory-in-kosovo-election/
Euronews, 16/02/2021: I would vote to unify Albania and Kosovo, election winner Albin Kurti tells Euronews https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/16/i-would-vote-to-unify-albania-and-kosovo-election-winner-albin-kurti-tells-euronews

UNICEF: Kosovo Programme: Press Release, 03/02/2021: 12 Days before Kosovo’s election, UNICEF calls for one winner: children https://www.unicef.org/kosovoprogramme/press-releases/12-days-kosovos-election-unicef-calls-one-winner-children

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