War crimes allegation lead to Kosovo PM resignation

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On 19 July 2019, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the 1998-99 war.

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Haradinaj, who took office in September 2017, said he had agreed to be interviewed at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, but did not want to appear there as prime minister. He refused to answer questions in The Hague.

It was the second time Haradinaj has stepped down as a result of accusations from The Hague. Haradinaj's first resignation from the post of prime minister came in 2005 after he was indicted by the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with his wartime role as a top commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Haradinaj has twice been acquitted of war-related charges, in 2008 and again in 2012.

Members of Kosovo parliament backed the motion to dissolve the legislature on 22 August. President Hashim Thaci set 6 October as the date for an early parliamentary election.

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Commentary and Analysis
Balkan Insight, 22/07/2019: Guerrilla, Politician, Suspect: The Legal Battles of Kosovo’s Haradinaj https://balkaninsight.com/2019/07/22/guerrilla-politician-suspect-the-legal-battles-of-kosovos-haradinaj/
Balkan Insight, 23/07/2019: Haradinaj Resignation Leaves Kosovo at Crossroads https://balkaninsight.com/2019/07/23/haradinaj-resignation-leaves-kosovo-at-crossroads/
Balkan Insight, 02/08/2019: Kosovo’s Oldest Party Searches for Election Winner https://balkaninsight.com/2019/08/02/kosovos-oldest-party-searches-for-election-winner/
Balkan Insight, 03/09/2019: How Political Instability Has Felled Kosovo’s Governments https://balkaninsight.com/2019/09/03/how-political-instability-has-felled-kosovos-governments/

News
The Guardian, 19/07/2019: Kosovo PM resigns before questioning at The Hague https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/19/kosovo-pm-resigns-before-questioning-at-the-hague
Balkan Insight, 19/07/2019: Kosovo PM Resigns after Summons from Hague Prosecutors https://balkaninsight.com/2019/07/19/kosovo-pm-resigns-after-hague-prosecutors-call-for-questioning/
B92, 19/07/2019: Kosovo's PM resigns, goes to the Hague https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=07&dd=19&nav_id=107032
Balkan Insight, 19/07/2019: Kosovo Politicians Voice Sympathy After ‘War Crimes Suspect’ PM Resigns https://balkaninsight.com/2019/07/19/kosovo-politicians-voice-sympathy-after-war-suspect-pm-resigns/
France24, 19/07/2019: Kosovo PM resigns after being summoned to Hague war crimes court https://www.france24.com/en/20190719-kosovo-pm-resign-ramush-haradinaj-hague-war-crimes-court
BBC News, 19/07/2019: Kosovo PM Haradinaj resigns over war crimes summons https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49047355
European Western Balkans, 20/07/2019: Haradinaj’s resignation: Reactions, what happens next https://europeanwesternbalkans.com/2019/07/20/haradinajs-resignation-reactions-what-happens-next/
B92, 22/07/2019: Haradinaj resigned on Friday, only to resume his PM's duty on Sunday https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=07&dd=22&nav_id=107039
B92, 24/07/2019: Haradinaj chose not to answer prosecution's questions: "I'm ready for the elections" https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=07&dd=24&nav_id=107051
Balkan Insight, 24/07/2019: Kosovo’s Haradinaj Refuses to Answer War Prosecutors’ Questions https://balkaninsight.com/2019/07/24/kosovos-haradinaj-refuses-to-answer-war-prosecutors-questions/
RFE/RL, 24/07/2019: Outgoing Kosovo PM Haradinaj Silent At War Crimes Court Questioning https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-outgoing-pm-haradinaj-silent-at-war-crimes-court-questioning/30073155.html
B92, 24/07/2019: Vucic on Haradinaj: He is out already? Tough work, he is ready for a cocktail party https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=07&dd=24&nav_id=107052
The Economist, 25/07/2019: Kosovo’s prime minister faces war-crimes allegations https://www.economist.com/europe/2019/07/25/kosovos-prime-minister-faces-war-crimes-allegations
Balkan Insight, 30/07/2019: Kosovo Parties Agitate for Elections After PM’s Resignation https://balkaninsight.com/2019/07/30/kosovo-parties-agitate-for-elections-after-pms-resignation/
Deutsche Welle, 22/08/2019: Kosovo lawmakers dissolve parliament, open way to election https://www.dw.com/en/kosovo-lawmakers-dissolve-parliament-open-way-to-election/a-50123323
France24, 22/08/2019: Kosovo lawmakers vote to dissolve parliament, triggering new elections https://www.france24.com/en/20190822-kosovo-parliament-vote-snap-elections-serbia-Ramush-Haradinaj
RFE/RL, 22/08/2019: Kosovo Readies For Snap Parliamentary Elections https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-parlaimentary-elections/30122932.html
Euronews, 22/08/2019: Kosovo lawmakers vote to dissolve parliament, paving way for election https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/22/kosovo-lawmakers-vote-to-dissolve-parliament-paving-way-for-election
Bloomberg, 22/08/2019: Kosovo Parliament Dissolves Itself, Opening Way to Snap Election https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-22/kosovo-assembly-dissolves-itself-opening-way-to-snap-ballot?utm_source=google&utm_medium=bd&cmpId=google
European Western Balkans, 22/07/2019: Snap elections in Kosovo probably in September https://europeanwesternbalkans.com/2019/07/22/snap-elections-in-kosovo-probably-in-september/
Euronews, 23/08/2019: Kosovo must form government quickly to avoid delaying EU talks, senior official tells Euronews https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/23/kosovo-must-form-government-quickly-to-avoid-delaying-eu-talks-senior-official-tells-euron
Bloomberg, 26/08/2019: Kosovo to Hold Early Elections in October, President Thaci Says https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-26/kosovo-to-hold-early-elections-in-october-president-thaci-says
Euractiv, 27/08/2019: Kosovo president sets 6 October as date for snap parliamentary vote https://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/kosovo-president-sets-6-october-as-date-for-snap-parliamentary-vote/

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