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Kosovo to hold early elections on October 6

Kosovo to hold early elections on October 6

Pristina: Kosovo will hold early elections on October 6, the president's office said Monday, after lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament after premier Ramush Haradinaj stepped down to face a war crimes probe.

President Hashim Thaci "has decided today to call early elections for the assembly... and has set the date for Sunday, October 6, 2019," the president's office said in a statement.

Haradinaj, who was a commander of ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998-99 war with Serbia, resigned in July after he was summoned by international prosecutors in The Hague.

A special court there - which operates under Kosovo law but has international judges - is investigating alleged war crimes by Kosovo guerrillas during and after the war with Serbia.

New elections will inevitably add a delay to already faltering talks with Serbia.

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