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PRISTINA (Kosovo), August 27 (SeeNews) – Kosovo’s president Hashim Thaci said on Monday that the country has set October 6 as the date for early general elections, following the resignation of prime minister Ramush Haradinaj.
The central electoral commission is instructed to take all necessary actions for the organisation of the parliamentary elections in accordance with the legislation, president Thaci said in a press release.
Last week, members of Kosovo’s parliament voted to dissolve the assembly - a decision that opened the way to early elections.
The motion for dissolution was passed in a 89-1 vote with two abstentions in the 120-seat parliament after Haradinaj decided last month to resign, as he was summoned to appear for questioning as suspect before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague. The institution is investigating crimes committed during the 1990s guerrilla war waged by Kosovo's ethnic Albanians against Serbia's government forces.
Haradinaj became prime minister following early elections in 2017.
The Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague operates under Kosovo law but is staffed by international judges and prosecutors.
Kosovo, considered to be a potential candidate for EU membership by the European Commission, unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and has so far has been recognised by more than half of the 193 UN member states. Belgrade does not recognise Kosovo's independence.