Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Snap poll test for Kosovo Prime Minister  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 08/06/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Although belgrade still rejects kosovo?s independence it has encouraged serbs to vote to strengthen the 2013 deal which allowed it to begin its own eu entry talks.

kosovo votes sunday in snap polls seen as a key test for prime minister hashim thaci an ex-guerilla chief who has loomed large over his country’s politics since independence six years ago.

there are hopes for a big turnout among the serb minority who are voting for the first time in a general election since kosovo broke away from serbia and whose participation would boost the country’s eu bid.

during two terms as prime minister thaci set ethnic albanian-dominated kosovo on a path to joining the european union striking an eu-brokered accord in april 2013 on improving ties with its historic foe belgrade.

for that deal to be implemented kosovo needs a significant turnout among its 120000 ethnic serbs especially in northern kosovo where they are the majority.

although belgrade still rejects kosovo’s independence it has encouraged serbs to vote to strengthen the 2013 deal which allowed it to begin its own eu entry talks.

the early elections come amid growing discord in the 120-seat parliament where thaci’s democratic party of kosovo (pdk) had just 32 mps and had been ruling with help from minorities and a minor albanian party.

observers believe the main race to be between thaci’s pdk and the democratic league of kosovo (ldk) led by former pristina mayor isa mustafa.

the 46-year-old thaci enjoyed a major popularity boost when he led kosovo though its declaration of independence in 2008 just three months after his election.

but political analyst nexhmedin spahiu said it was far from certain he would win a third term.

“it is not so obvious that thaci will chair for sure the next government as he has been weakened politically by his failure to address the main challenges in our society” spahiu said.

landlocked kosovo has one of the lowest living standards in europe with average monthly wages of 350 euros (476) nearly half the population living in poverty and some 12 percent in extreme poverty.

unemployment is stuck at 35 percent rising to 55 percent among the young according to the kosovo statistics bureau.

some 1.78 million voters are registered for the polls that open at 0500 gmt and close 12 hours later. preliminary results are expected next week.

with recent surveys predicting a turnout of serbs in the north as low as 18 percent belgrade this week urged the minority to turn out in numbers.

“participation... and support for serb representatives at these election is the civic and patriotic duty of every serb citizen in kosovo” said a serbian government statement thursday.

behlul beqaj professor of political sciences in pristina said he expected belgrade’s appeal to have a major impact predicting a “huge turnout” among kosovo serbs.

“in the short run it might be considered a positive development for the april agreement and its further implementation” he told afp — although he doubted serb mps from the north would be cooperative as members of the kosovo parliament.

but some serbs seem reluctant to take part.

“i will not vote” said dragan maksimovic a 38-year old lawyer in northern mitrovica.

“i do not like the way official belgrade is treating us trying to convince us that they know what is best for us.

“it means nothing to have serb mps in the kosovo parliament as they would be looking to belgrade and don’t about our problems” maksimovic told afp.

for more news from khaleej times follow us on facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes and on twitter at ?khaleejtimes

follow ?khaleejtimes -->


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 28 2014 - Qatar- Survey urges no-smoking QFThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Majority of students in the Education City have suggested that Qatar Foundation (QF) should be made a no-smoking zone. Responding to a survey by Qatar Foundation Telegraph, ...

 Aug 28 2014 - Qatar ready to help rebuild ravaged GazaThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar has voiced its full readiness to contribute to reconstruction of the war-ravaged Gaza Strip following the ceasefire agreement reached in Cairo between Israel and ...

 Aug 28 2014 - Kuwait- Emir receives Saudi officialsThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday received Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, Chief of General Intelligence Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Ukraine crisis forces European defense spending rethinkArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) BRUSSELS: Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine may achieve what successive US defense secretaries have failed to do persuade European NATO ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Girl accidentally kills gun instructor with UziArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) DOLAN SPRINGS Arizona: A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi authorities said Tuesday.Charles ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Earthquakes rock Iceland volcanoArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) LONDON: Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.Iceland's Met Office ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Amid Ebola fears Air France urged to stop flightsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) PARIS: France's government is asking Air France to suspend flights to the largest city in Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola epidemic in the region that has killed more than ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Zimbabwe police beat detain opposition protestersArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) HARARE: Zimbabwe riot police detained more than a dozen opposition protesters and beat up others at a demonstration on Wednesday over high unemployment an AFP correspondent ...

 Aug 27 2014 - India PM Modi slams whispering campaign against top ministerArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has denied reports that the son of a top minister was involved in influence peddling seeking to staunch the type of corruption ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Indian woman kills leopard with sickleArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) NEW DELHI: A 56-year-old Indian woman is recovering in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her as she tended her fields armed only with a sickle.The woman told Indian ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help