Kosovo’s 1st ballot since break from Serbia

Election puts off talks with Belgrade

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In Kosovo’s 2007 elections, Mr. Thaci’s DPK won 37 seats and the LDK won 25, giving the two parties the majority in the 120-member parliament.

An LDK offshoot — the Democratic League of Dardania — won 11, the AAK 10 and the centrist New Kosovo Alliance13. Twenty seats are reserved for Kosovo’s ethnic minorities , 10 for Serbs and another 10 for a variety of smaller groups.

“In a way, what’s important here is how normal this all is,” Mr. Serwer added. “A president has resigned. A government has fallen. They’re proceeding in a normal way to elections. It’s just like a normal country, which is what it is.”

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Ben Birnbaum

Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.

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