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Final rallies in Kosovo ahead of Sunday’s election

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(4 Oct 2019) Political parties in Kosovo held their last rallies on Friday ahead of Sunday’s general election.
The early vote comes after the outgoing prime minister resigned following a request from a Hague-based court to question him over crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country’s 1998-99 war.
The election will be Kosovo’s seventh since the end of the war, and 1.9 million people are eligible to cast ballots to elect 120 lawmakers.
No single political party is likely to win the vote on its own and coalitions have always proved hard to form and easy to fall apart.
The outgoing prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, having been questioned in The Hague but not charged, is standing for re-election with his Alliance for Kosovo Future.
He faces Vjosa Osmani of the Democratic League of Kosovo, the first-ever female candidate for prime minister in the country; Kadri Veseli of the Democratic Party of Kosovo; and Albin Kurti of the Self-Determination Movement Party, which has used extreme methods like throwing tear gas and water bottles in parliament to protest against deals with Serbia.

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