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Serbia: Celebrations in Pristina as ex-KLA commander Haradinaj wins snap-election01:23

Serbia: Celebrations in Pristina as ex-KLA commander Haradinaj wins snap-election

Serbia, Pristina
June 12, 2017 at 02:09 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of Kosovans gathered in Pristina's main Boulevard Nene Teresa to celebrate the victory of a coalition led by the ruling centre-right Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) led by Ramush Haradinaj on Sunday night.

Exit polls show the PDK-led coalition had around 34 percent of votes, so will need to find a coalition partner to form a stable government. The state election commission put the turnout at 41.5 percent, the lowest since 2008.

Haradinaj, a former prime-minister, served as a commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the region's war with Serbia in 1998-1999. He was twice acquitted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Serbia, citing new evidence, has since issued an international warrant for his arrest on war crimes charges.

Kosovo's Parliament called for a snap general election after Prime Minister Isa Mustafa lost a vote of no confidence in parliament last month. It was the third general election since the republic declared its independence in 2008.

Serbia: Celebrations in Pristina as ex-KLA commander Haradinaj wins snap-election01:23
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Thousands of Kosovans gathered in Pristina's main Boulevard Nene Teresa to celebrate the victory of a coalition led by the ruling centre-right Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) led by Ramush Haradinaj on Sunday night.

Exit polls show the PDK-led coalition had around 34 percent of votes, so will need to find a coalition partner to form a stable government. The state election commission put the turnout at 41.5 percent, the lowest since 2008.

Haradinaj, a former prime-minister, served as a commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the region's war with Serbia in 1998-1999. He was twice acquitted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Serbia, citing new evidence, has since issued an international warrant for his arrest on war crimes charges.

Kosovo's Parliament called for a snap general election after Prime Minister Isa Mustafa lost a vote of no confidence in parliament last month. It was the third general election since the republic declared its independence in 2008.

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