In the past couple of weeks, there have been elections at (almost) opposite ends of the former Yugoslavia: Croatia in the north and the quasi-state of Kosovo in the south.
The Croatian result is yet another photo finish. (We sure have had a lot of those around the world in recent years!)
The party of incumbent PM Ivo Sanader, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) has won 61 seats (39.9%), sixteen short of a majority.
The second largest party is the Social Democrats (SPD), with 56.
The HDZ apparently can count on 5 deputies elected by Croatians abroad. The SPD has likely allies in two smaller parties that combine for another 11 seats.
So that makes 66 for HDZ + allies and 67 for SPD + allies. Still not quite there.
The third largest party is the Liberal-Peasants alliance (sounds interesting!), with 8 deputies and a desire to be in government in exchange for porcine-sounding concessions to “regional development.” This alliance’s caucus would bring either bloc’s total close to majority status, but still not quite. There are 12 other deputies from various smaller parties. The Liberal-Peasants have said they will talk to Sanader first.
Meanwhile, in Kosovo:
Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo won 36 percent of the vote, defeating the Democratic League of Kosovo, which had controlled parliament and the province’s governing administration for several years, election official said.
But Thaci’s party was widely expected to seek a power-sharing deal with the Democratic League, which came in second with 21 percent of the vote.
The Russian government, which opposes the near inevitable independence of Kosovo (or, as it would be, Kosova) from Seribia, is less than thrilled by the Albanian majority’s exercise of its democratic rights.
Both jurisdictions use PR systems, though I am unsure of the details.