Kosovo: grobalbanienpartei sees itself as election winner

Kosovo: Grobalbanienpartei sees itself as election winner

Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti at a rally. Photo: Agron Beqiri. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

The ultra-nationalists want to form a coalition with the LDK, the favorite of the West

In the fourth parliamentary election in Kosovo, which was declared independent in 2008, the ultra-nationalist Vetevendosje party has declared itself the winner. After receiving about 94 percent of all votes and with a turnout that was about two and a half percentage points higher at 44 percent, its 25.8 percent share of the vote is 1.69 points less than the 27.49 it achieved in the last election in 2017 – but because the parties that emerged from the UcK, PDK, AKK and Nisma, ran separately this time, it can still hope for first place.

Lidhja Demokratike e Kosoves (LDK), the favorite of the EU and the U.S., came in a close second with about 25 percent of the vote. This time it was joined by the very photogenic young lawyer Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, who is doing her doctorate in Pittsburgh, but was unable to significantly improve on its practically unchanged result.

UcK parties ran separately and managed to increase their combined vote share

Of the UcK parties, the Partia Demokratike e Kosoves (PDK) of incumbent President Hashim Thaci did best with 21.2 percent of the vote. If we add the 11.6 percent for Ramush Haradinaj’s Aleanca per Ardhmerine e Kosoves (AAK) and the almost five percent for Nisma, their combined result has not worsened compared to last time, but improved by almost four points. If they want to govern again, UcK parties will again have to rely on the tolerance of minority representatives, for whom the Western state-builders reserved 20 of the 120 seats in the Pristina parliament.

In the last legislative period, these minority representatives tolerated the government of Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, who had been summoned to The Hague once again because of new accusations of war crimes, also because they feared that the ethnic groups they represented would be threatened with even worse under a government of ultra-nationalists than under the UcK parties. These fears are not without foundation, because Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti not only wants to maintain the extra tariffs, which mainly affect the Serbian minority in Kosovo, but even wants to impose a complete ban on imports of goods from Serbia (cf. Serbia accuses Kosovo of ethnic cleansing through hundred percent tariff).

Tirana is already working on unification

The supporters of Vetevendosje also envision a Greater Albania, which would include Albania, Kosovo, the Presevo Valley in the south of Serbia, a considerable part of northern Macedonia and the Greek region of Epirus. In order to make such a unification possible, Kurti wants to change the way Kosovo is perceived.

In recent years, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has already taken practical steps toward unification with Kosovo: he transformed his Ministry for European Integration into a Diaspora Ministry, which is responsible not only for Albanian citizens who have emigrated, but also for ethnic Albanians in neighboring countries. In his government there are four secretaries of state who are Kosovars. And if you want to enter the EU as a Kosovar, you can get an Albanian passport as an alternative to a visa (cf. Albanian Prime Minister reveals plans for unification with Kosovo).

Vetevendosje and UcK Parties Hostile

The LDK, to which Kurti sent coalition signals, has in the past been more skeptical of such plans for a Greater Albania than the UcK parties. However, Kurti does not want to form a coalition with them because he accuses them of having ties other than those to the nation in the first place. There are close links between their personnel and organized crime, as the Institute for European Politics (IEP) has revealed in a classified report "classified" classified study in 2007.

Little has changed in this regard to date: The current acting Prime Minister Haradinaj, for example, has already been indicted before the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague (cf. Handshaking with the War Criminal), where he was, however "acquitted for lack of evidence", because "almost all prosecution witnesses died under mysterious circumstances before the end of the trial", as even the Suddeutsche Zeitung which at the end of the 1990s helped to bring about the NATO mission (cf. IS role model UcK?).

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