|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Publication Date||July - August 2019|
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.
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.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs, Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||National Politics|
|Countries / Regions||Kosovo|