Erden Atic, the new mayor of North Mitrovica has sworn, following his victory in the extraordinary elections. The ceremony took place amidst tensions and calls for peaceful collaboration.
The new assembly of the northern municipality has approved the request to reopening the bridge over the Ibar – closed since the end of the war – a move condemned by Kosovo’s main Serbian party.
The mass boycott of extraordinary elections in the four northern municipalities of Kosovo raises questions about their legitimacy.
Two Kosovo-Albanian parties, the governing Vetevendosje and opposition Democratic Party of Kosovo, won the snap elections in the four municipalities in the north of Kosovo, amid a low number of votes and a boycott by Serbian List.
Kosovo authorities have installed containers to serve as polling stations in Sunday's local elections in the Serb-dominated north, where – amid calls for a boycott – few people are likely to turn up and vote.