Yesterday, the Central Electoral Commission of Serbia made official the results of the parliamentary elections which were held on June 21 last.
In addition to the domination (60,65% of the total votes) of the coalition led by the party (Serbian Progressive Party) of President Aleksandar Vuçiç, the CEC has formalized a historical result: the three parliamentary seats (0,82% of the total votes) for the "Albanian Democratic Alternative" coalition, an achievement that had never been achieved by ethnic Albanian parties / coalitions.
The ethnic Albanian coalition agreement in Serbia, strongly desired by the Foreign Minister of Albania Gent Cakaj, was signed in Tirana in mid-January by the Party for Democratic Action, the Alternative for Change, the Reform Movement of the Albanian Democratic Party and the Movement for Democratic Progress.
The Albanian Democratic Party was the only one to boycott the coalition, arguing that the Albanians of Preshevë should join with those of Kosovo or Albania.
"Serbia has never been ready to listen to the voice of Albanian citizens. " - the leader of the Albanian Democratic Party, Ragmi Mustafa had declared in elections time.
The Albanian minority in Serbia
There are more than 60.000 Albanian citizens residing in Serbia, mostly located in the area of the Preshevë valley in the Pčinja district. In Preshevë, as well as in the municipality of Bujanovac, Albanians make up the majority of the population (89,1% in Preshevë and 54,69% in Bujanovac). In addition, there is a small Albanian community in the Pester plateau that lives in villages such as Boroštica, Dolice and Ugao.
In the early 2000s - after Preshevë's insurgents had applied for membership in Kosovo by launching an armed war with the Serbian government - to help the socio-economic development and integration of these municipalities, a coordinating body was established with a mediator role between Albanian-majority municipalities and the government of Serbia. However, the region still remains among the poorest in Serbia today.
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