Kosovo heads to early election

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Kosovo is heading to an early election after MPs voted to dissolve parliament on Thursday, after Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned last month.

Eight-nine deputies voted to dissolve the 120-seat parliament, and an election is expected to take place within 45 days.

Haradinaj resigned after being summoned for questioning by the country’s war crimes prosecutor over his role in the 1998-99 insurgency against Serbian forces, when he was a commander of the guerrilla Kosovo Liberation Army. He denies any wrongdoing and said he is ready to face any accusations.

Kosovo's prime minister has resigned
Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj (C) holds a speech during the ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of ending the war in Pristina, Kosovo, 12 June 2019.

Haradinaj’s recent resignation was his second one — in 2005 he resigned when he was indicted by the UN War Crimes Tribunal for former Yugoslavia.

With no clear party in the majority, it is expected that any new government will involve a coalition.

Via RFE/France 24

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