Kosovo Goes to the Polls
Posted on Dec 12, 2010
With ethnic divisions still etched into the memories of its citizenry, Europe’s youngest democracy, Kosovo, is holding its first parliamentary elections since it formally declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. —JCL
Voters in Kosovo are going to the polls in the territory’s first parliamentary elections since its declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, but there are widespread doubts that the vote will heal ethnic divisions.
As polling stations opened at 7 am (06:00 GMT) there were already dozens of people queuing to vote in central Pristina, mostly the elderly and people voting before going to work.
Sunday’s snap election comes after the coalition government of Hashim Thaci, the prime minister, failed a vote of no confidence on November 2.
AP / Visar Kryeziu
A woman votes at a polling station in the Kosovo town of Hajvalia on Sunday.