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KOSOVO: Lawmakers vote to dissolve parliament, election dates to be set

Kosovar President Hashim Thaci (PHOTO/File)

PRISTINA, Kosovo -The Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo has, in an extraordinary session on Wednesday, August 22, voted to disband, allowing the Kosovar President Hashim Thaci to announce early general elections.

This development took effect when Speaker Kadri Veseli revealed that the parliament’s leadership had decided to set a date for the dissolution “to allow the president to automatically set the election day” in the South-eastern European nation.

Subsequent to the dissolution, President Hashim Thaci will set a date for the polls, which will have to be held 30 to 45 days later as the law stipulates.

Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj (C) delivers a speech during a parliamentary session in Pristina, Kosovo on March 30, 2018. (PHOTO/ Anadolu Agency)

Last week, Outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj welcomed the move in a Facebook post, calling it “appropriate action and in accordance with the laws and the constitution of the country.

Haradinaj resigned as prime minister on July 19 ahead of his questioning by a court in The Hague investigating alleged war crimes by separatist fighters from the Kosovo Liberation Army two decades ago.

He has since acted in the role of a caretaker prime minister.

It was the second time Haradinaj has stepped down as a result of accusations from The Hague.

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