A couple prepare ballots for the general election at a polling station in northern Serb-dominated part of ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Voters in Kosovo were electing a new parliament Sunday amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers in the Balkan nation that became independent from Serbia in 2008. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Two Kosovo opposition parties emerged as the top-vote getters in Sunday's snap election of a new parliament held amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties.

With 76% of the votes counted by the central Election Commission, the main governing election body, the left-wing Self-Determination Movement Party, or LVV, had 26% of the votes. It was just ahead of the center-right Democratic League of Kosovo, or LDK, with 25%.

Self-Determination supporters took to the streets to celebrate.

Kadri Veseli of the former governing conservative Democratic Party of Kosovo conceded defeat. His party won 21%, followed by its governing ally, the Alliance for Kosovo's Future of outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj with 12%.

The snap vote came after Haradinaj resigned in July following a request from a Hague-based court to question him over crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. The conflict was ended by a NATO military intervention against then-Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic's bloody crackdown on Albanian independence fighters' insurrection.

Voters were electing 120 lawmakers in the Balkan nation, which became independent from Serbia in 2008, recognized by more than 100 countries but not by Belgrade.

The preliminary turnout was around 44%, a bit higher than the 2017 election. About 1.9 million people were eligible to vote.

The party that ends up with the biggest share of vote will have to form a coalition for a new Cabinet.

Albin Kurti is the nominee for prime minister from the LVV, whose members have used extreme methods such as tear gas and water bottles in the parliament against deals with Serbia.

The European Union has been sponsoring now stalled talks between Kosovo and Serbia aimed at normalizing their relations. The talks stalled last year after Haradinaj set a 100% tariff on Serb goods.

In Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, the Belgrade-backed Serb List party won most of the 10 guaranteed parliament seats. Ten other seats go to other minorities.

The prosecutor's office reported minor incidents, including photographing of votes and allowing ethnic Serb voters to use Serbian documents for identification in the Serb-dominated northern Mitrovica area.

The EU election monitoring mission will give a preliminary statement on Tuesday.

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Associated Press writer Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

A young child casts her father's ballot paper at a polling station in Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Kosovo is electing a new parliament amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters on Sunday started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A man holds his ballot before voting at a polling station in Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Kosovo is electing a new parliament amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters on Sunday started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and parliamentary elections candidate for Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, holds his ballot at a polling station in Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Kosovo is electing a new parliament amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters on Sunday started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A boy walks by graffiti in southern, ethnic Albanian-dominated part of ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Kosovo holds an early general election on Sunday after outgoing prime minister resigned following a request from a Hague-based court to be questioned on crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Ramush Haradinaj, leader of Alliance for The Future of Kosovo (AAK) holds a speech during a closing election rally in Gjakova, Kosovo on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. In Kosovo's seventh post-war general elections some 1.9 million voters, including many immigrants, will cast ballots to elect 120 lawmakers.  (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A man leaves after voting at a polling station in Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Kosovo is electing a new parliament amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters on Sunday started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and parliamentary elections candidate for Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, joined by his wife Anita casts his ballot at a polling station in Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Kosovo is electing a new parliament amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters on Sunday started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A man casts his ballot at a polling station in Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Kosovo is electing a new parliament amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters on Sunday started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A woman casts her ballot after voting at a polling station in Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Kosovo is electing a new parliament amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters on Sunday started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo and parliamentary elections candidate for Prime Minister, Vjosa Osmani, casts her ballot at a polling station in Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Kosovo is electing a new parliament amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters on Sunday started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A young child looks round as his mother votes at a polling station in Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Kosovo is electing a new parliament amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters on Sunday started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A couple prepare ballots for the general election at a polling station in northern Serb-dominated part of ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Voters in Kosovo were electing a new parliament Sunday amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers in the Balkan nation that became independent from Serbia in 2008. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Albanian flags flies on a lamppost in northern Serb-dominated part of ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Voters in Kosovo were electing a new parliament Sunday amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers in the Balkan nation that became independent from Serbia in 2008. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Belgrade-backed Srpska Lista, or Serb List leader Goran Rakic, center left, with supporters arrives at a polling station in northern Serb-dominated part of ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Voters in Kosovo were electing a new parliament Sunday amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Remains of posters of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic are on the wall in northern Serb-dominated part of ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Voters in Kosovo were electing a new parliament Sunday amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Members of an election commission count votes at a polling station in northern Serb-dominated part of ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Serb minority, with 10 seats in the 120-seat parliament, remains a key player in the country, especially their votes may be needed in a coalition to form the Cabinet, as occurred two years ago. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)