By: Mehdi Sejdiu
In Kosovo, local elections do not necessarily reflect the trends set by the general elections; a party could fail at the national level, but be very successful at the municipal level.
The biggest surprise of the local elections held on October 22 was that Vetevendosje did not manage to surprise us again. Many of the incumbent mayors will go to runoffs, LDK managed to win the greatest number of Albanian-majority municipalities, and PDK managed to go to runoffs in many municipalities but continued to see decline in its number of votes.
Vetevendosje will also go to runoffs in six municipalities, but failed to continue the momentum of the June 11 general elections by not becoming the biggest party at the local level.