- Kosovan parliamentary election, 2007
Parliamentary elections to the unicameral Assembly of
Kosovo( _sq. Kuvendi i Kosovës, Serbian: _sr. Скупштина Косова, transliterated _sr. "Skupština Kosova") were held on 17 November 2007, together with municipal elections. The Assembly of Kosovo is the legislative branch of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Governmentthat the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) created to help administration in Kosovo. The elections were scheduled by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Joachim Rücker(head of the UNMIK) on 1 September 2007. [cite web | title = Al Jazeera English - News - Un Announces Kosovo Elections | url=http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/31D64436-2C1B-48DD-B945-6BCACB2388EC.htm | accessdate = 2008-02-23 | year = 2008 ]
Municipal elections in Kosovo were held at the same day as the parliamentary elections.
According to a poll from late
October 2007, the most popular parties are Hashim Thaçi's Democratic Party of Kosovowith 31% and the Democratic League of Kosovowith 29%; they are followed by Behgjet Pacolli's New Kosovo Alliance, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovoof ICTY indictee Ramush Haradinaj, the Democratic League of Dardaniaand the Reformist Party ORA. [cite web | title = B92 - News - Politics - Thaci party leads in polls ahead of Kosovo vote | url=http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2007&mm=11&dd=07&nav_id=45184 | accessdate = 2008-02-23 | year = 2008 ]
It is still unknown whether the Serbs and other minorities will again boycott the election. President of Serbia
Boris Tadićhas stated that it is their own personal freedom of choice while Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunicasaid that the conditions for Serbs' reintegration haven't been fulfilled and will likely call for boycott. 64 lists had initially registered for the election, of which thirty [http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2007&mm=11&dd=13&nav_id=45362 Partial Serb participation in Kosovo vote] B92, 13 November 2007] were Kosovo Serb lists, including: [cite web | title = B92 - News - Politics - 13 Serb lists in Kosovo ballots | url=http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2007&mm=09&dd=15&nav_category=93&nav_id=43776 | accessdate = 2008-02-23 | year = 2008 ]
Serbian List for Kosovo and Metohija
Serb Popular Party
Serb Democratic Party of Kosovo and Metohija
*Independent Liberal Party
Serb Popular Party of Kosovo
Social Democratic Party of Kosovo
Serb Kosovo Party
Union of Independent Social Democrats of Kosovo and Metohija
Serb National Party
Serb Kosovo-Metohija Party
For the actual election, there will be 27 lists: eleven Albanian, eight Serbian, two
Ashkali, two Bosniak, and one each for the Gorani, Turkish, Egyptian and Romani. [cite web | title = B92 - News - Politics - Thaci: West will recognize Kosovo independence | url=http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2007&mm=11&dd=12&nav_id=45331 | accessdate = 2008-02-23 | year = 2008 ]
Only one Serb party actually ran. Voting stations weren't opened in Serb-populated areas of
North Kosovoper the decision of Momir Kasalovic's Serbian National Council of North Kosovo.
By 13:00 the turnout was around 30% of the total some 1,500,000 eligible voters.
Head of Central Election Commission, Mazllum Baraliu, said on election day on a day-ending press conference in Pristina that latest estimates put voter turnout at 40-45 %, the lowest since 1999 [cite news | title = EU warns Kosovo on independence | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7101366.stm | accessdate = 2008-02-23 | year = 2008 ] . SRSG Joachim Rücker said that also it was less than in 2004 for, the weather was more favourable back then.Fact|date=November 2007
Certified results are expected 4th December 2007 as stated Joachim Rücker after the polls closed on election day in Pristina. The Assembly of Kosovo must then hold its first session within 30 days.
According to the preliminary results for two-thirds of counted votes, the opposition
Democratic Party of Kosovoof former Kosovo Liberation Armyleader Hashim Thaçileads with 35% over the ruling moderate Democratic League of Kosovowhich has so far only 22%. Thaçi has claimed victory of the election. [cite web | title = The article you've requested is no longer available. | url=http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5goukO2cHh4e7wwpQhpROVZezaT7QD8SVP1JG0 | accessdate = 2008-02-23 | year = 2008 ] The Alliance for New Kosovohad 12% and the Alliance for the Future of Kosovoand the Democratic League of Dardaniahad 10% each, while the Reformist Party ORAhad only 4%, failing to cross the 5% electoral threshold. [cite web | title = B92 - News - Politics - Thaci declares victory in Kosovo elections | url=http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2007&mm=11&dd=18&nav_id=45499 | accessdate = 2008-02-23 | year = 2008 ]
Final results were announced on
Democratic Party of Kosovo- 34.3%, 37 seats (+7)
Democratic League of Kosovo- 22.6%, 25 seats (–16)
Alliance for New Kosovo- 12.3%, 13 seats (+13)
Democratic League of Dardania– Albanian Christian Democratic Party of Kosovo- 10.1%, 11 seats (+5)
Alliance for the Future of Kosovo- 9.6%, 10 seats (+3)
Reformist Party ORA- 4.1%, no seats (–7)
* Minorities parties - 24 seats (+0)
Of the ten seats reserved for the Serbs, six were won by four parties which decided to form a coalition on
2007-12-05: [cite web | title = B92 - News - Politics - Four Serb parties to enter Kosovo parliament | url=http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2007&mm=12&dd=05&nav_id=45942 | accessdate = 2008-02-23 | year = 2008 ] Slaviša Petković's Serb Democratic Party of Kosovo and Metohija, Dragiša Mirić's Serb Kosovo-Metohija Party, Mihajl Šćepanović's Serb People's Party and Nebojša Živić's Union of Independent Social Democrats of Kosovo and Metohija.
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