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Parliamentary elections campaign kicks off in Kosovo

12-02-2010 09:36 BJT

PRISTINA, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Political entities kicked off on Wednesday their ten-day campaign for the December 12 parliamentary elections in Kosovo.

Twenty-nine political groups, with a total number of 1,265 candidates, have been certified by the Central Election Commission (CEC) in the run for 100 seats in Kosovo's Assembly. Twenty remaining seats are reserved for Serb and other minority groups.

Serbs have 8 political groups certified, Albanians have 7. Others belong to other communities. General elections follow a political crisis which started with the resignation of President Fatmir Sejdiu in late September. In mid-October Sejdiu withdraw his party (LDK) from the collation government of Prime minister Hashim Thaqi, deepening the crisis and making early elections inevitable.

Acting President Jakup Krasniqi appealed for a fair election campaign, in a public address late on Tuesday."The whole world will look at us, to see our democratic culture and political maturity and the seriousness of a declared state," said Krasniqi.

More than 1.6 million voters are registered for the first national elections since the territory unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008.

Northern Kosovo remains a challenge for these lections, since Serb dominated community in that part boycotts the elections, and in general doesn't recognize Pristina's authority. CEC authorities are considering mobile election teams for some localities in the north.

The fight against corruption and European integration will dominate the content of elections campaign. EU Rule of Law mission in Kosovo (EULEX) is investigating organized crime and corruptive activities in some ministries, though no charges have been made.

Early elections have delayed a dialogue between Prishtina and Belgrade under European Union mediation. Acting PM Hashim Thaqi said a dialogue will start in February next year.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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