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Yearbook 2017

Kosovo. In June, Kosovo held a new election since the government in May cast a vote of no confidence in Parliament. The cooperation between the government's largest parties, the center-right party PDK and conservative LDK, had long been strained.

2017 Kosovo

In the June 11 election, a coalition led by PDK (34% of the vote) won. According to Countryaah.com, the opposition party VetŰvendosje received 27% and the former government partner LDK just under 26% of the vote. But it would take until September before President Hashim Thaši's party PDK could secure 63 of Parliament's 120 seats. This was done with the help of the small party New Alliance for Kosovo. Former guerrilla leader and former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj was given the task of forming government on September 7. Haradinaj had been arrested in France in January after Serbia issued an arrest warrant on suspicion of war crimes committed during the 1990s in the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK). However, he was released a week later. In 2005, Haradinaj had resigned as prime minister on charges of war crimes.

At the beginning of the year, a minor conflict arose between Kosovo and Serbia. A Serbian train, painted with the slogan "Kosovo is Serbian", was stopped on January 16 from crossing to Kosovo. President Thaši was similar to the provocation of the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolić said a group of Kosovo Albanians planned to attack the train and accused Kosovo of escalating the conflict.

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