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Yearbook 2019

Kosovo. In July, the country's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned after being called to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to be questioned about his role as regional commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army (the guerrilla group UCK), which fought for independence from Serbia in 1998-99. Haradinaj is suspected of a number of war crimes. At the end of August, Parliament was dissolved after a vote, after which President Hashim Thaēi decided to hold a new election on October 6.

2019 Kosovo

In the recent parliamentary elections, the two self-governing parties (Vetėvendosje) and Kosovo's Democratic Alliance (LDK) were the largest, with 26 and 25% of the votes respectively. The ruling Kosovo Democratic Party (PDK) gained 21% and the coalition partner Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), which is the resignation of Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj's party, received only 10% of the vote. According to CountryAAH, the turnout was low, only 44%. Later, the party leader of Self-Determined Albin Kurti was appointed acting prime minister. Even before the election, conservative LDK, with party leader Isa Mustafa, and the leftist Nationalist Party had discussed the possibilities of taking over government power together, something that towards the end of the year seemed possible.

Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj announced at the end of March that all kinds of games of money would be banned for ten years. The reason is that two casino employees were murdered in a short time. Kosovo is one of Europe's poorest countries with 30% unemployment - one of the reasons why gambling and gambling have become so popular.

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