Partesh or Parteshi (Albanian)
|Town and municipality|
Church of the Holy Trinity in Parteš
Location of the municipality of Parteš within Kosovo
|District||District of Gjilan|
|Municipality status||19 August 2010|
|• Provisional president||Dragan Petković (GIS)|
|• Total||18.3 km2 (7.1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||473 m (1,552 ft)|
|Population (2013 (est.))|
|• Density||290/km2 (750/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Parteš (Serbian Cyrillic: Партеш) or Partesh (Albanian: Parteshi), is a town and municipality located in the Gjilan District of Kosovo.[a] The municipality was established on 19 August 2010. It is inhabited by Serbs, and as of 2013, it has an estimated population of 5,300 inhabitants.
The settlements of Parteš, Donja Budriga and Pasjane are inhabited by ethnic Serbs. There are four Serbian Orthodox churches within the municipality. There are pilgrimage sites at medieval religious ruins.
The economy is based mainly on dairy production and small trade.
There are two primary schools and five secondary schools within the municipality.
According to the 2011 census, which is unreliable due to partial boycot by Serbs and other minorities, the settlement of Parteš alone had 478 residents, all of whom were Serbs (100%); the Parteš municipality had 1,787 residents, 1,785 of whom were Serbs (99.9%). The municipality of Parteš includes the town and two villages. It is one of the Serbian enclaves in Kosovo (located outside Serb-inhabited North Kosovo), alongside five other municipalities: Gračanica, Štrpce, Novo Brdo, Ranilug and Klokot.
The 2013 local elections, held in November, saw 2,770 voters, 63.8% of the total number of registered voters in the Parteš municipality (4,342) according to the last elections. The elections saw the following results in the local government, the municipal assembly which has 15 seats:
- Independent Liberal Party (SLS), 37.60%—6 seats
- Citizens' Initiative Srpska (GIS), 18.20%—3 seats
- Democratic Initiative (DI), 13.04%—2 seats
- People's Initiative (NI), 12.57%—2 seats
- Serb Citizens' Initiative Pasjane (SGI P), 6.02%—1 seat
- Serb Citizens' Initiative Donja Budriga (SGI DB), 6.02%—1 seat
- Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 out of 193 United Nations member states.
- "Profile of Parteš/Partesh". OSCE. September 2015.
- "Community Profile: Serb Community" (PDF). ECMI Kosovo. 2013.
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