The opposition leftist Vetevendosje (Self- determination) party looked set to come first in Kosovo’s parliamentary poll, but it will have to negotiate a coalition to form a government.

Preliminary results showed it had won 26% of votes with 82% of ballots counted, while another opposition party — the centre-right Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) — won 25% of votes.

Supporters celebrated in Pristina on Sunday evening.

The early election happened after Prime Minister Ramush Harra-din-aj resigned ahead of questioning in the Hague by an investigation into war crimes in Serbia two decades ago.

The Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) was third with 21% while a list headed by the outgoing prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, got 11.5% of votes.

It signals a new era for politics in the Balkan nation, whose leadership was previously dominated by figureheads from the country’s late-1990s ethnic conflict and war of independence.

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