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    Kosovo postpones local elections in the north, amid a widespread boycott by the Serb majority

    Archive – Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani – Gaetan Claessens/European Council / DPA – File

    MADRID, Dec. 10 (EUROPA PRESS) –

    The president of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, announced this Saturday the postponement of the elections in the north, with a Serb majority, right now in the midst of an institutional paralysis due to the resignation of its mayors, judges and police officers, the resignation of parties Serbs to participate in political life, all in the midst of a crisis that has intensified these days to record sporadic acts of violence.

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    The elections, initially scheduled for December 18, have been postponed to April 23, according to the presidential statement collected by Kosova Press.

    On November 15, the Kosovo Serb List party declared its total and complete resignation from the local elections, where the election of the mayors of four Serb-majority municipalities was scheduled: Mitrovica North, Zubin Potok, Leposavic and Zvecan, all governed by mayors of this formation, who had resigned five days earlier.

    The boycott was the latest episode in a long series of clashes with Serbia over vehicle identification plates, issued by Serbia, and whose powers Kosovo intended to take over until an agreement reached in late November through EU mediation.

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    Hostilities have intensified in recent days. The Kosovar Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, denounced on Tuesday attacks by “criminal gangs” in the north and, as reported by DPA this past Friday, a police officer was slightly injured after being shot by Serbs in Zvecan.

    The situation is extremely tense in Mitrovica, where 300 Kosovar Police officers have been deployed to maintain calm between the Kosovar Albanian citizens and the Serb majority.


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