Kosovo: partial election results show Rugova's party in lead - UN mission

20 November 2001

Partial results of last weekend's elections to the legislative assembly in Kosovo showed the political party led by Ibrahim Rugova to be in the lead but without a sufficient majority to form a government, according to the United Nations Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK) in the province.

The head of UNMIK, Hans Haekkerup, announced at a news conference on Monday evening that the Democratic League of Kosovo had 46 per cent of all votes cast.

In second place was Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo, with slightly more than 25 per cent; the Kosovo Serb Return Coalition was third with nearly 11 percent of the vote; and Ramush Haradinaj's Alliance for the Future of Kosovo was fourth with more than 7 per cent.

With 120 seats in the Assembly and none of the parties expected to get more than 50, a coalition may be needed to reach the minimum of 61 needed to form a government, a UN spokesman said.


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