PRISTINA, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Kosovo people voted on Sunday in early elections after the government led by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci lost majority in parliament.
Over 1.7 million people are to vote in the polls, which opened at 7 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) and will last to 7 p.m. (1700 GMT). In the 120-member assembly, 10 seats are guaranteed for the ethnic Serbs, who account for about 10 percent of the population, and 10 for other minorities.
Thaci is seeking a third term for his Democratic Party of Kosovo, but faces a fierce competition.
The vote was closely monitored by an EU mission and thousands of local observers.
The vote is a major step toward the normalization of relations between the Albanian majority and Serbs in the north, who agreed to participate in the Kosovo elections for the first time after Pristina's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008.