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When the Left gets it Right: landslide victories in the U.S. presidential and Kosovo parliamentary elections

Mulaj, Isa and Matoshi, Ruzhdi (2021): When the Left gets it Right: landslide victories in the U.S. presidential and Kosovo parliamentary elections. Published in: (2 July 2021): pp. 419-437.

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In politics and political economy, the question of supporting the right or the left ideology has come to the judgment of what actually should be done to get rid of something and push for better needed changes rather than being a kind of shaped or consistent ideologist. The November, 2020 U.S. presidential and the February, 2021 Kosovo general parliamentary elections provide an interconnected experience. With his unpredictable foreign policy juxtaposed to the slogan “America First” and “Make America Great Again”, the U.S. 45th President, the right-wing Donald Trump, pursued an isolationist, non-interventionist, and protectionist agenda. On October 4, 2019, he appointed the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, as a special envoy to broker the talks between Kosovo and Serbia. Grenell saw his efforts not compatible with the left-wing Prime Minister (PM) of Kosovo, Albin Kurti who was toppled out of power on March 25, 2020, by a no-confidence vote motion of over 2/3 members of the Kosovo Assembly. The Kurti caretaker government continued until June 03 when it was replaced by Avdullah Hoti as PM. On September 4, 2021, the U.S. President brokered the talks between Kosovo and Serbia at the White House in signing the agreement for their economic normalization. Many sought it as an attempt by the Trump administration to make an achievement in foreign policy before the U.S. presidential elections. Donald Trump lost to the left-wing Joe Biden. The wind of the left for a massive change followed in Kosovo on February 14, 2021, when Albin Kurti’s party won over 50% of parliamentary votes. This paper demonstrates how the left is now left not to turn right but to get the right things to do, in the U.S. as well as in Kosovo, and did the Covid-19 played a role in the outcome?

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