Sunday, 12 December 2010

Kosovo elects its first leader

Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia two years ago has still not received universal recognition but the nation's de facto autonomy has been underlined with the successful passage of the country's first presidential elections. The responsibility of leading the fledgling state will fall to Hashim Thaci of the Democratic Party, whose main concerns will include convincing Kosovo's Serb minority that their constitutional rights will be respected as well as bolstering one of Europe's weakest economies.

Kosovo is still in a state of limbo, governed as it is in part by the UN and an EU deployment made up of civilian and police resources known as EULEX. Less than 40% of countries worldwide recognise Kosovo as an independent state, with many expressing concerns at its UDI-style declaration; even the five permanent members of the UN security council are entirely divided on the issue.

Thaci has a lot of work to do if he is to prove Kosovo is in possession of an inclusive and tolerant society. But the creation of a country explicitly based on an adherence to a purely Albanian identity is always going to find it hard to convince those who are not of such a cultural persuasion that their lot will be better then it was before. It seems unlikely that the Kosovan question will be answered anytime soon, new president or not...

1 comment:

radical royalist said...

Shouldn't you be a little bit more careful in your praising of these elections?

Officially Hashim Thaçi's Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) 31% of the vote, with an overall turnout of just 48%.

And The Guardian reported: More ballots cast than people registered to vote at three polling stations in area loyal to Hashim Thaçi.

Not to mention this report published after the elections: "Kosovo's newly reelected prime minister Hashim Thaci headed an organized crime racket that trafficked in human organs, a two-year inquiry prepared for the Council on Europe found."