Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

ENCORE!

Haute Couture: the hand-stitched clothing made in Paris that sells for the price of small yachts

Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

  • Kerry holds all-night talks with Afghan presidential rivals

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • The third-place playoff: the World Cup game no one wants to play

    Read more

  • Netanyahu resists international pressure to stop air strikes on Gaza

    Read more

  • Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Cleveland's NBA fans hail 'return of king' LeBron James

    Read more

  • Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

    Read more

  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan

    Read more

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

    Read more

  • Kurdish forces take over two oilfields in northern Iraq

    Read more

  • Are French high school students getting smarter?

    Read more

  • Italy’s Trentin wins seventh stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • In pictures: Chanel, Dior and so much more at the Paris couture shows

    Read more

Europe

Kosovar president resigns after ‘serious breach’ of constitution

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-27

Kosovo's president Fatmir Sejdiu has resigned from his post after the Constitutional Court found his concurrent positions as both president and leader of a political party in breach of the country's constitution.

AFP - Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu resigned on Monday following a court ruling that he breached the constitution by keeping a party post while in office.

"I presented my resignation for the post of Kosovo president today ...," Sejdiu told a press conference.

"I was convinced that keeping the function of the president of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) without exercising it did not violate the constitution. The court had a different opinion and I respect the ruling," he said.
  
In a ruling published Friday, Kosovo's constitutional court said that Sejdiu was in "serious breach" of the constitution by holding the posts of president of Kosovo and of the LDK.
  
A complaint against him had been filed by 32 members of parliament.
  
Sejdiu's resignation comes as Kosovo is due to restart talks with Serbia about outstanding issues between the territories. Belgrade has never formally recognised the independence of its former province.
  
Kosovo declared its independence in 2008 and, despite Serbia's fierce opposition, is recognised by 70 countries including the United States and the majority of European Union members.
  
In July this year Pristina was given a boost when the United Nation's highest court, the International Court of Justice, ruled that Kosovo's declaration of independence did not violate international law.
  
Earlier this month Serbia agreed to hold talks with Kosovo to try to pave the way for Belgrade and Pristina to eventually join the European Union.
  
After the resignation the interim president will be the speaker of parliament, Jakup Krasniqi of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo, as dictated by the constitution.
  
Sejdiu, 58, became president in February 2006, replacing Ibrahim Rugova, who died of lung cancer a month earlier.
  
His LDK party is the junior partner in the coalition government led by Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo.

 

Date created : 2010-09-27

  • DIPLOMACY

    Serbia agrees to EU-backed talks with Kosovo

    Read more

  • KOSOVO

    Serbia rejects The Hague's recognition of Kosovo’s independence

    Read more

  • KOSOVO

    Top UN court says Kosovo's breakaway from Serbia was 'legal'

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)