- Title: Candidates vote in Kosovo snap election after resignation of PM Haradinaj
- Date: 6th October 2019
- Summary: PRISTINA, KOSOVO (OCTOBER 6, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** DEMOCRATIC LEAGUE OF KOSOVO (LDK) CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTER, VJOSA OSMANI, ARRIVING AT POLLING STATION AT TECHNICAL FACULTY OSMANI SIGNING THE REGISTRY OSMANI TAKING THE BALLOT VOTING BOOTH OSMANI WALKING TO THE BALLOT BOX OSMANI CASTING HER BALLOT AND HER HUSBAND KISSING HER OSMANI ARRIVING TO GIVE A STATEMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Albanian) DEMOCRATIC LEAGUE OF KOSOVO (LDK) CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTER, VJOSA OSMANI, SAYING: "I call upon all the citizens of the Republic of Kosovo to become a part of this historical decision. Because this is indeed an historic and crucial day for the future of Kosovo. I am a believer that through a fair and democratic process Kosovo will today have a reason to celebrate." OSMANI AND HER HUSBAND LEAVING VARIOUS OF HEAD OF VETEVENDOSJE AND CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTER, ALBIN KURTI, ARRIVING AT LAW FACULTY POLLING STATION KURTI GOING THROUGH REGISTERING PROCEDURES KURTI TAKING THE BALLOT AND WALKING TO VOTING BOOTH BALLOT BOX VARIOUS OF KURTI VOTING KURTI ADDRESSING THE MEDIA OUTSIDE (SOUNDBITE) (Albanian) HEAD OF "VETEVENDOSJE" AND CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTER, ALBIN KURTI, SAYING: "This day is very special, people as a source of the sovereignty of our republic will give an answer to all political parties and their election campaigns." KURTI LEAVING WITH HIS FAMILY HEAD OF KOSOVO DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDK) AND CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTER, KADRI VESELI, ARRIVING AT POLLING STATION AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL "FAIK KONICA" ELECTION WORKER HOLDING ID CARD VESELI SIGNING THE REGISTRY ELECTION WORKER SPRAYING UV PAINT ON VESELI'S FINGER VESELI BEHIND THE VOTING BOOTH VESELI AND HIS WIFE BEHIND BALLOT BOOTHS VESELI CASTING HIS BALLOT BALLOT BOX VESELI PREPARING TO ADDRESS THE MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Albanian) HEAD OF KOSOVO DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDK) AND CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTER, KADRI VESELI, SAYING: "It is a good, an extraordinary day for our sacred Kosovo. I congratulate all the citizens of my country, they can open the prospects for themselves and for our Kosovo." "FAIK KONICA" POLLING CENTRE CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTER OF COALITION OF THREE POLITICAL PARTIES - SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVE (NISMA), NEW ALLIANCE FOR KOSOVO (AKR), AND JUSTICE PARTY (PD) - FATMIR LIMAJ, ARRIVING TO VOTE AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL "FAIK KONICA" AND REGISTERING TO VOTE LIMAJ APPROACHING THE BALLOT BOX LIMAJ CASTING HIS BALLOT LIMAJ ARRIVING TO ADDRESS MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Albanian) CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTER OF COALITION OF THREE POLITICAL PARTIES - SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVE (NISMA), NEW ALLIANCE FOR KOSOVO (AKR), AND JUSTICE PARTY (PD), FATMIR LIMAJ, SAYING: "I'm convinced, I hope and expect that today's vote of citizens will give security to the country, it will give prospects to the country and it will give it a possibility to make the right steps." PEOPLE CASTING THEIR BALLOTS BALLOT BOX VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CASTING THEIR BALLOTS
- Embargoed: 20th October 2019 13:59
- Keywords: Pristina Kosovo elections voting Vjosa Osmani Albin Kurti Kadri Veseli Fatmir Limaj
- Location: PRISTINA, KOSOVO
- City: PRISTINA, KOSOVO
- Country: Kosovo
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZYLD8N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Kosovo political party leaders voted on Sunday (October 6) for national elections where the main issues for the country's 1.9 million eligible voters are tackling corruption and a peace deal with Serbia which would pave the way for United Nations membership.
The elections, the fourth since Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008, were called after Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned in July when he was summoned to appear before a war crimes court.
Haradinaj has been questioned over his role in the 1998-99 war as one of the commanders of the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) who fought for independence from Serbia.
Opinion polls have pointed to public dissatisfaction with Haradinaj's record at the head of a three-party governing coalition which has boosted support for opposition parties.
Two of those parties, the Democratic League for Kosovo (LDK) and the nationalist, left-leaning Vetevendosje, are seen as front-runners in Sunday's vote, along with the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), the largest party in the current coalition.
Kosovo has Europe's youngest population, with an average age of 29, and has seen annual economic growth averaging 4% over the past decade, but it remains poor. Since Pristina won independence from Belgrade in 2008, more than 200,000 Kosovars have emigrated and applied for asylum in the European Union.
Polls open at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) and close at 7 p.m. (1700 GMT). Preliminary official results are expected by midnight (2200 GMT).
(Production: Bardh Krasniqi, Marjan Ognenovski, Sarah Duffy)
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