PRISTINA, Kosovo – Kosovo police say a parliamentary candidate from Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's ruling party was shot dead in an apparent assassination as he walked out of a restaurant.
Police said in a statement Sunday that Elvis Pista — a flamboyant politician recognizable for his spiked hair — was shot four times at close range shortly after midnight in the western town of Orahovac, his hometown.
Authorities believe a handgun equipped with a silencer was used. The killing comes amid heightened tensions between political rivals after Jun. 8 parliamentary elections.
Thaci's party won the most votes but lacks a coalition partner to form a government. Rival parties have vowed not to govern with Thaci, citing widespread corruption and mismanagement.
Final results were not in from Pista's race. Preliminary results showed him leading.