Hardline Kosovo Serb Elected North Mitrovica MayorL
ocal elections results from Kosovo show a hard-line Kosovo Serb has been elected mayor of northern Mitrovica after a prolonged electoral race that was soured by the killing of one candidate and the arrest of another.
Official preliminary results from the February 23 mayoral election show Goran Rakic, a Belgrade-backed candidate, winning 52.6 percent of the ballots. More than 28,000 voters were registered to cast ballots.
Rakic's main contender, Oliver Ivanovic, is in detention after a European Union prosecutor indicted him for alleged war crimes against ethnic Albanians in 1999 and alleged murder in 2000.
In January, Dimitrije Janicijevic, a mayoral candidate from a party that collaborates with ethnic Albanians, was gunned down outside his house.
NATO peacekeepers and EU police were on heightened security in the Serb-dominated northern part of divided Mitrovica during the February 23 vote.
It was the fourth ballot in as many months. Previous attempts failed because of violence and intimidation.
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