Kosovo's PM resigns, goes before Court, early elections to be held

Kosovo's PM resigns, goes before Court, early elections to be held

Kosovo's PM resigns, goes before Court, early elections to be held Izvor: Reuters/LAURA BOUSHNAK

After Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resignation on Friday, new parliamentary elections are expected soon after President Hashim Thaci’s consultation with the parliamentary parties, the Beta news agency reported.

Haradinaj resigned after being summoned as a suspect by The Hague-based Special Court for war crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the 1998-1999 war there.

He said he was not indicted by The Hague court, but was called to give a statement as a suspect, and he decided to leave the post because as the PM he could cause damage to Kosovo.

Idro Seferi, a journalist from Kosovo, told the FoNet news agency that Pristina was in a kind of “emergency” following Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resignation. He said no one expected that and that there was still no reaction from either the authorities or the opposition, but that en early vote was looming.

Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic said he would comment on the resignation on Saturday.

„After the resignation, I returned my mandate to the people, and you are the first to know,“ Haradinaj told reporters after the Government session.

„Ramush Haradinaj goes to The Hague, not Prime Minister,“ he added.

He said that the responsibility now was with Thaci to start talks with the parliamentary parties and set the date for elections.

„My party and I will run at the next elections, but I couldn‘t lead the country in such situation because that would make Kosovo‘s position difficult,“ Haradinaj said.

He added that the Government would continue working in its technical capacity until a new one is elected, adding the import taxes on goods from Serbia and Bosnia would remain in place.

The move came only hours after he confirmed a new meeting between Serbia's and Kosovo officials scheduled in Paris in September.

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