Kosovan parliamentary election, 6 October 2019

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Reports, analyses and information relating to the parliamentary election held in Kosovo in October 2019.

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The snap election was called in August 2019 by the President Hashim Thaci after MPs voted to disband parliament following the resignation of Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. Ramush Haradinaj resigned on 19 July 2019 after being summoned for questioning by a war crimes prosecutor in the Hague for his involvement in the Kosovo War during 1998-99 against Serb forces. The snap election held on 6 October 2019.

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 two major opposition parties - centre-left Vetevendosje and centre-right Democratic League (LDK) have upended the ruling party, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (DPK) in power for 12 years. According to preliminary results, Vetevendosje won 25.52 per cent of the vote cast, the LDK 24.83 per cent and the PDK 21.26 per cent.

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Wikipedia: 2019 Kosovo parliamentary election https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Kosovan_parliamentary_election
IFES Election Guide: Election for Kosovac Assembly http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/3354/
Europe Elects, 03/10/2019: Kosovan Elections: Fractured Alliances Cast Long Political Shadows https://europeelects.eu/2019/10/03/kosovan-elections-fractured-alliances-cast-long-political-shadows/
BBC News, 05/10/2019: Kosovo election: War crimes claims against PM hang over vote https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49931673
Euronews, 05/10/2019: Kosovo: What you need to know about the country's snap elections https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/05/kosovo-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-country-s-snap-elections
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, 07/10/2019: Key Takeaways From Kosovo's Watershed Vote https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-elections-watershed-key-takeaways/30204385.html
Voanews, 09/10/2019: Kosovo Election Changes Political Scene, Reshapes Negotiations with Serbia https://www.voanews.com/europe/kosovo-election-changes-political-scene-reshapes-negotiations-serbia

Voanews, 06/10/2019: Kosovars Go to Polls in Early Parliamentary Elections https://www.voanews.com/europe/kosovars-go-polls-early-parliamentary-elections
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, 22/08/2019: Kosovo Lawmakers Vote To Disband Parliament To Allow Snap Autumn Elections https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-parlaimentary-elections/30122932.html
Euronews, 07/10/2019: Opposition parties overturn Kosovo politics with election victory https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/06/kosovo-voters-focus-on-tackling-corruption-and-serbia-peace-deal-in-election
The Guardian, 19/07/2019: Kosovo PM resigns before questioning at The Hague https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/19/kosovo-pm-resigns-before-questioning-at-the-hague
France 24, 07/10/2019: Opposition parties beat ‘war wing’ in Kosovo elections https://www.france24.com/en/20191007-opposition-parties-claim-victory-over-war-parties-kosovo-elections
Reuters, 06/10/2019: Kosovo voters flock to opposition parties in parliamentary poll https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kosovo-election/kosovo-voters-flock-to-opposition-parties-in-parliamentary-poll-idUSKCN1WK0L6
Euractiv, 08/10/2019: Kosovo dissident Albin Kurti reaches halls of power https://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/kosovo-dissident-albin-kurti-reaches-halls-of-power/1388287/

Central Election Commission: Early Election for Assembly of Republic of Kosovo 2019 https://rezultatet2019.org/Results.aspx?RaceID=1&UnitID=1&IsPS=0&Turnout=0&LangID=1

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