Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's party was ahead in Sunday's parliamentary election according to early exit polls by an independent NGO, which put the Democratic Party of Kosovo at six per cent ahead of its former coalition partners.
REUTERS - Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's PDK party was set to win in Sunday's election in Kosovo, according to exit polls released after its first general election since independence ended calmly on Sunday.
"Even among the EU member states five countries still don't recognise Kosovo"
Both leading parties seek EU and NATO membership for Kosovo, continued privatisation of state enterprises, and talks with Serbia, but have given few concrete details about their programmes to boost one of the poorest economies in Europe.
Timeline of key events in Kosovo history
1389: The battle of Kosovo that leads to 500-years of Turkish Ottoman rule. This war prompted the mass exodus of Christian Serbs which was referenced by 20th Serbian leaders as the 1990s Yugoslav war began.
1912: Serbia regains control of Kosovo from the Turks.
1946: Kosovo becomes is absorbed into the Yugoslav federation.
1974: Yogoslavia's constitution grants Kosovo de-facto autonomy
1989: Yugoslav President Slobodon Milosevic reverses autonomy approved in the 1974 constitution.
1992: War erupts in the Balkans.
1998: Serbia launches full assault on Kosovar rebels amid ultimatums from NATO to cease hostilities.
1999: Serbian forces withdraw from Kosovo after weeks of heavy air attack from NATO forces.
2008: Kosovo declares independence
"I consider the voting process a success," said Valdete Daka, the head of the Central Election Commission. "There have been technical hitches that have not hurt the process."
Date created : 2010-12-12