PRISTINA, June 9 (Xinhua) -- The coalition of the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) of incumbent government leader Hashim Thaqi won Sunday's early general elections, local media reported Monday.
With 97 percent of the vote counted by the Central Election Commission (CEC), the coalition of PDK and four other minor parties got 31 percent of the total vote. The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) finished second with 26 percent.
The election gave Thaqi his third consecutive term, who said Kosovo should be "proud of these elections, as they were free, fair, and democratic."
The Vetvendosje (self-determination) movement finished third with 13.6 percent of the vote, followed by AAK with 9.5 percent. Two other parties AKR and Nisma made the 5 percent threshold for entering the assembly. Srpska list, a Serbian party, won 2.1 percent of the vote.
Elections were conducted in a peaceful manner without any serious incidents, local media reported. Around 100 hundred European Union observers and over 27 local ones monitored the process.
According to the CEC, 1.78 million voters -- or 43.25 percent of those eligible -- cast their votes.
While Thaqi's party finished first, analysts say he may face challenges forming a government because major opposition parties have firmly rejected joining him in a coalition.
Thaqi's last term was marred with a lot of corruption affairs, while some senior officials from his party are likely to be charged by a new special court dealing with war crimes from 1998-99, local media said.