Thaci claims third term in low turnout election

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Kosovo’s ruling party of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has claimed victory in an election marked by a low turnout.

Frustration with widespread poverty and corruption kept the voters away. Only 43% of people cast a ballot.

Kosovo voters are also angry at the lack of progress since Thaci presided over the territory’s secession from Serbia in 2008.

His ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) is expected to hold onto a 3% lead over arch rival the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK)

Although Serbia does not recognise Kosovo independence it has encouraged ethnic Serbs to vote this time round to help both countries’ EU membership bids.

The next government will come under immediate pressure with the findings due of a war crimes investigation. .

Its alleged that Kosovo’s guerrilla army harvested organs from Serb prisoners of war and sold them on the black market during a conflict in the late 1990s.

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