Leftist opposition party heads to victory in Kosovo election

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s main opposition party appears headed to a landslide victory in Sunday’s early election of a new parliament held amid the coronavirus pandemic, an economic downturn and stalled negotiations with wartime foe Serbia. With 65% of the votes counted by the central Election Commission, the left-wing Self-Determination Movement Party had 48% of the votes, almost triple the closest rival party. Some 1.8 million eligible cast ballots to elect 120 lawmakers. Supporters of the Self-Determination Movement defied party leaders’ call to celebrate at home and gathered at the capital’s main square. Bringing the poor country’s economy back on its feet, reducing unemployment and fighting organized crime and corruption remain the biggest challenges in Kosovo.