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EU observers: Kosovo election count transparent

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(8 Oct 2019) Kosovo’s general election was orderly and transparent, European Union observers said on Tuesday.
A team of 108 EU observers monitored the election countrywide and said in a preliminary report on Tuesday that the voting was “orderly.”
Team head Viola von Cramon-Taubadel said the vote overall represented  “big progress compared with previous elections.”
The left-wing Movement for Self-Determination, or Vetevendosje, won Sunday’s election, overcoming the former independence fighters who governed post-war Kosovo.
But the party did not garner enough votes to rule on its own and has asked the ex-opposition Democratic League of Kosovo to form a coalition.
Kosovo’s Central Election Commission meanwhile were working to get a final election result.
Election commission officials say it will take around two weeks until all the vote are counted.
With 96% of the votes counted the left-wing Movement for Self-Determination Party, or LVV, has 26% of the votes, one percentage point more than the conservative Democratic League of Kosovo, or LDK.
The former governing conservative Democratic Party of Kosovo conceded defeat after winning 21%.
It was followed by its governing ally, the Alliance for Kosovo’s Future of outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj with 12%.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.
It is recognised by more than 100 countries but not by Belgrade.

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